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

Raspberry Ripple (Arts & Entertainment/cable, 8-10 p.m.): Premi`ere of BBC film starring Faye Dunaway and John Gordon-Sinclair about the comic fantasies of a wheelchair-bound boy.

The Importance of Being Earnest (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): Repeat of ``Great Performances'' production of Oscar Wilde's comedy of manners, featuring Dame Wendy Hiller.


10th Annual Pan American Games (CBS, 3 p.m.; also Sunday, 1 p.m.): Olympic-style sports competitions. Preview on Saturday, and competition from Indianapolis on Sunday.

PGA Championship (ABC, 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.): Golf from Palm Beach Springs, Fla.

Not Necessarily the Media (HBO/pay cable, 11 p.m.-midnight): Edwin Newman hosts an irreverent spoof of the working press.


Common Ground (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): National Audubon Society special reports on new, alternative, cost-effective methods of farming.

National Geographic Explorer (WTBS/cable, 9-11 p.m.): Short documentaries for the whole family.

Justice Greylord Style (PBS, 8-9 p.m.) The story of Operation Greylord, the code name for one of the FBI's biggest undercover operations ever in an attempt to uncover corruption in the Cook County (Ill.) judicial system.


Charlie Chaplin: Part III, Hidden Treasures (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Repeat of ``American Masters'' program which features mainly films Chaplin made for fun.

Funhouse (PBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): ``Alive From Off Center'' presents Eric Bogosian's black comedy about the underside of the American dream.

A Piece of Cake (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): Artist Wayne Thiebaud celebrates American mass culture with paintings of ice cream cones, layer cakes, soup, and hot dogs.


Kings for a Day (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Segment of ``South American Journey'' experiences Rio's Carnival from two perspectives - from the shanties of a favela and the fashionable condominiums of Ipanema.


To Live for Ireland (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): Repeat of documentary about efforts to peacefully resolve the religious and political differences in Northern Ireland.


Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (NBC, 9:30-10 p.m.): Blair Brown in low-key sitcom about the life of a sensitive, intelligent contemporary woman.

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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