Phil Spector to appear in no-holds barred documentary

Legendary producer gives his first TV interview in 35 years

Legendary producer Phil Spector is to appear in a special TV documentary to be screened in the autumn.

The star, has agreed to give his first interview in 35 years to Vikram Jayanti, co-producer of the Oscar-winning Muhammad Ali documentary ‘When We Were Kings’, for a candid Arena documentary for the BBC.

The 90-minute documentary, subtitled ‘The Agony And The Ecstasy of Phil Spector, is being filmed during his current trial.

In the programme, Spector opens up about his fears that his musical legacy will be forever overshadowed by the murder case.

He also reflects on working with John Lennon, his rivalry with Brian Wilson and the musical influences that gave rise his ‘Wall of Sound’ prod.

According Jayanti, the final cut of the film, which Spector agreed to after the director wrote to him following his arrest, will depend on the outcome of the trial in which he is accused of shooting dead actress Lana Clarkson, reports The Times.

“Our interviews have covered an awful lot of ground, including the trial,” he said. “The position the defence has taken is that she killed herself. I’m sort of trying to stay out of issues of guilt or innocence.

“I’m more interested in this strange collision between an artistic genius and the criminal justice system.”

‘The Agony And The Ecstasy of Phil Spector’ is set to appear on BBC 2 in the autumn.