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 Asinamali! (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Great Performances'' presents anti-apartheid play set in South African prison. Slow Fires (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Robert MacNeil is host of a documentary on the need to preserve historical documents.

SATURDAY Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (CBS, 8-10 p.m.): Repeat of charming Katharine Hepburn movie about a wealthy WASP widow who falls in love with a Jewish doctor.

SUNDAY Foxfire (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Please see review on this page. Sorrell and Son (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Reviewed on following page. The Father Clements Story (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): Louis Gossett plays a street-savvy priest who wants to adopt a homeless teen. The Next President (Syndicated/check local listings for time and station): David Frost interviews the Rev. Jesse Jackson in third of 13-week series on presidential candidates.

MONDAY Apartheid (PBS, 9-10 p.m. Continues Monday, 10-11 p.m; Tuesday 9-10 p.m.; Tuesday 10-11 p.m.; and Wednesday 10-11 p.m.): First of straightforward five-part ``Frontline'' history of apartheid in South Africa. Motown Merry Christmas (NBC, 9-10 p.m.): Unusual brand of Christmas music, ranging from a holiday rap to a Christmas song written by, would you believe, Redd Foxx.

TUESDAY The Secrets of the Lost Red Paint People (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nova'' traces the mystery of an ancient seafaring people on the northern Atlantic coasts of the US and Canada. Circus of the Stars (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Stunts by celebrities.

WEDNESDAY Muppets Christmas Special (ABC, 8-9 p.m.): Home on the farm with Fozzie Bear. For Muppet fanciers. Candid Camera Christmas Special (CBS, 9-10 p.m.): Holiday misbehaving by lots of unsuspecting people. Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas (ABC, 9-10 p.m.): Julie Andrews in a musical frolic with Pl'acido Domingo, John Denver, and scenic Salzburg. Sherpa (PBS,10:30-11 p.m.): A look at the changing culture of the indigenous people of the Mt. Everest region. God and Politics: The Battle for the Bible (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Second of three-part Bill Moyers series highlights schism within Southern Baptists.

THURSDAY The Three Kings (ABC, 9-1 p.m.): Offbeat Christmas parable about contemporary mental patients in Nativity pageant.

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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