BBC Radio 4 is to record a special edition of Mastertapes with Paul McCartney at the BBC Maida Vale studios.

The exclusive interview, to be recorded on Wednesday May 11th, comes ahead of the release of a major retrospective collection of the former Beatle’s career.

Mastertapes host John Wilson

Mastertapes host John Wilson

McCartney will talk to John Wilson about his music career and answer questions from the audience.

The hour-long special edition will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 10am on Saturday 28 May, and a version will be filmed for BBC iPlayer.

Wilson said: “Mastertapes looks at the nuts and bolts of songwriting, and draws back the curtain on what can often be a private and sometimes lonely art. Having interviewed McCartney many times before, I know he offers great insight into that process.

“As the most successful songwriter of all time, and the man behind some of my favourite music, I couldn’t ask for a better guest – it’s going to be a very special session.”

Former Mastertapes guests include Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Paul Weller and Rufus Wainwright.