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 Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Great Performances'' celebrates the life and music of this legendary jazz trumpeter.

Casey Stengel (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Charles Durning portrays the colorful baseball manager. SATURDAY

The 1986 World Series (NBC, 8:15 p.m.): First game of the best-of-seven series, with commentary by Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola.

The Prince's Trust Rock Concert (HBO/pay cable, 10-11 p.m.): British charity all-star rock fundraiser. SUNDAY

The Christian Science Monitor Reports (check local listings for day and time): Israel: Government in Transition

Alyeska: The Great Land (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nature'' focuses on Alaska's northern wilderness.

Paradise Postponed (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Premi`ere of new 11-part ``Masterpiece Theatre'' based upon post-World War II British life.

Of Pure Blood (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Lee Remick in melodrama about Nazi plot to create a master race.

Ordinary Heroes (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): Valerie Bertinelli stars in drama about returning Vietnam vet and the girl he left behind.

Yaddo: An Artist's Retreat (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): An inside tour of this Saratoga, N.Y., artist's colony, narrated by Robert MacNeil. MONDAY

The Day the Universe Changed; The West of the Imagination; The Story of English (PBS, 8-9 p.m.; 9-10 p.m.; and 10-11 p.m.). Three top-drawer PBS series continue. TUESDAY

The Planet That Got Knocked on Its Side (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nova'' examines what science learned from the Voyager II space mission.

Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Fact-based melodrama about a wife, mother, . . . and undercover FBI agent. WEDNESDAY

Teen Father (ABC, 4-5 p.m.): ``Afterschool Special'' about 16-year-old parents.

AIDS Hits Home (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): CBS News special, anchored by Dan Rather.

Wings Over Water (PBS, 8-8:30 p.m.): The story of naval aviation in America.

Hungary: Pushing the Limits (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Hungary today, through the eyes of a dissident who fled 30 years ago.

Mark Russell Comedy Special (PBS, 8-8:30 p.m.): Television's only political satirist is once again sly and outrageous. 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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