WORTH NOTING ON TV

This guide is designed to alert readers to the scope and variety of programming coming up. Listing is not meant to represent blanket endorsement. Viewers are urged to be selective. FRIDAY On the Move: The Central Ballet of China (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Great Performances'' captures the company's debut performance in New York. James Galway and the Chieftains on Stage at Wolf Trap (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): The renowned flutist appears with Irish folk band for an hour of traditional Irish music.

SUNDAY Drugs: A Plague Upon the Land (ABC, 10-11 p.m.): Peter Jennings anchors a special about the heavy social costs of drug abuse. Scandal in a Small Town (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): Raquel Welch as a cocktail waitress who fights anti-Semitism. David Copperfield (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Masterpiece Theatre'' presents Part 3 of its five-part production of Dickens's classic. On Television: Public Trust or Private Property? (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Edwin Newman hosts a video dialogue on the right of TV stations to make profits.

MONDAY The Oldest Shipwrecks in the World (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Discoveries Underwater'' visits a Bronze Age sunken vessel. Barbara Walters Special (ABC, 8-9 p.m.): Intimate interviews with Glenn Close, Oprah Winfrey, and Cher. The 60th Annual Academy Awards (ABC, 9 p.m.-?): Star-studded awards ceremony, with Chevy Chase as host. The Sword and the Chrysanthemum (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Japan'' series traces the development of the martial arts. Safe Haven (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Documentary about America's only refugee shelter for Holocaust victims.

TUESDAY To a Safer Place (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Frontline'' investigates child abuse.

WEDNESDAY The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Tom and Dick are back again in a regular spot. Terror Trade (TBS/cable, Wed. 9:05-10:05 Pacific time; repeated Sat. April 16, 10:05-11:05 Eastern time): Disturbing expos'e of worldwide plutonium trade, which may result in nuclear bombs in the hands of terrorists unless stopped now. Who Cares for the Children? (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Actress Rhea Perlman examines the child-care problem in America.

THURSDAY My Family and Other Animals (A&E/cable, 8-9 p.m.; also midnight): Premi`ere of 10-part series based on naturalist Lawrence Durrell's recollections. Violence in a Tube (ABC, 11:30-12:30 p.m.): ``Viewpoint,'' live telecast hosted by Peter Jennings, examines the effect of TV coverage in troubled nations. Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Mystery'' presents still another new episode. Listings are in Eastern time; other zones may vary. Please check listings for all PBS programs since local option often results in differing days and times.

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