Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

Tuesday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

Film Forum via AP

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector 9 p.m., BBC America

With HBO’s “Phil Spector” out there, BBC America is airing this 2009 documentary about the producer who ultimately went to jail for killing actress Lana Clarkson. The movie, by Vikram Jayanti, is built on interviews with Spector (pictured) conducted around the time of his first trial, which ended with a hung jury. Grandiose and paranoid, lonely and Gothic, Spector talks about his accomplishments and dwells on petty battles from the past. The movie soundtrack contains a lot of his hit records, including, um, “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss),” which was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

Continue reading below

Gangs of New York 8 p.m., IFC

Last week, Martin Scorsese and Miramax announced they are putting together a TV series based on this 2002 Scorsese movie. It’s not a bad idea, since the birth of organized crime is a rich topic with lots of period-drama potential, except that it could be a bad idea. Who will take over Daniel Day-Lewis’s role of Bill the Butcher, assuming he’ll be a character? Also, BBC America has recently mined the same subject with “Copper.” I’m on wait-and-see.

The Mindy Project 9:30 p.m., Channel 25

She finds an Elias Doolittle.

Strangers on a Train 8 p.m., TCM

A man gets railroaded.

My Left Foot 8 p.m., Flix

DDL is better than all right.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com