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 Yes, Prime Minister (A&E/cable, 6:30-7 p.m.): Continuing rerun of cult British comedy series which afficionados claim is wittiest ever on TV.

SATURDAY British Open (ABC, 12 noon; also Sun., 10:30 a.m.): Final-round golf live from Lancashire, England. Evening at Pops (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Tommy Tune, the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, and the American Ballroom Theater feature choreographer Tune in tribute to Fred Astaire, among other things. Saxophone Colossus (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): ``Summer Night Music'' pays homage to Sonny Collins, sometimes called the greatest improviser in the history of jazz.

SUNDAY Whales (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): This ``National Audubon Society Special,'' narrated by Johnny Carson, surveys the history of whaling. Out of Time (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): A maverick 21st-century policeman teams up with his legendary crime-solving great-grandfather in a time-traveling cop show. Gaylord Nelson: A Profile (PBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): Documentary on Wisconsin's preservationist former governor and longtime senator.

MONDAY Adventure (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): The irreverent Tom Vernon cycles through Scandinavia in ``Fat Man on a Bicycle Goes Norse....'' Duke Ellington: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``American Masters'' starts a two-part study of Ellington's life and works. Excerpts From Alter Image (PBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): ``Alive From Off Center'' presents offerings from new performers on the British avant-garde scene.

TUESDAY Cowboys Don't Cry (Disney/pay cable, 9-11 p.m.): Poignant drama about itinerant rodeo rider and his son yearning for roots. Knocking on Armageddon's Door/ Living With AIDS (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Independent filmmakers Torv Carlsen and John Magnus of ``P.O.V.''(Point of View) look at two kinds of survivalists.

WEDNESDAY 16 Days of Glory (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Premi`ere of six-part series of dramatic tales of the 1984 Summer Olympics. The Big Knife (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): ``American Playhouse'' production of Clifford Odets's drama about an actor in a personal moral crisis.

THURSDAY Ballerina: Great Roles (A&E/cable, 9-10 p.m., ET): Final segment of prima ballerina Natalia Makarova's anaysis of the world of the female dancer looks at legendary roles.

Schedules may vary in some time zones. Please check local listings, especially for PBS, where individual stations often air programs on differing days and times.

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