On The Weekend Watch, breaking war news from the Middl East may once again knock scheduled programming off the air. But here are some upcoming highlights, as currently listed:
THOSE TITLED BRITS -- For some years Maryland Public Television has had an informal Thursday "British hour" to air imports from England, mostly half-hour comedies. Tonight (at 10, channels 22 and 67) a new drama series, "Chelworth," premieres with two 30-minute episodes. Peter Jeffrey stars as the inheritor of a crumbling country mansion which he intends to restore, along with the family fortune.
A CROSSOVER STAR -- You know you've hit a public cord as a performer when you start popping up on other shows as a guest star. That's what Jaleel White, the nerdish Steve Urkel on ABC's "Family Matters," does Friday, on "Full House" (at 8 p.m., Channel 13). He's a friend of Stephanie's (Jodie Sweetin), who learns she has to be fitted for eyeglasses.
THE SUPER STUFF -- It's tough to imagine a closer game than we already saw with last week's 49ers/Giants playoff, which the Giants pulled out with a field goal in the final second. But the matchup between the Giants and Buffalo Bills on Sunday comprises "Super Bowl XXV," with pregame coverage getting under way at 4 p.m. and the game scheduled at 6:18 p.m. on ABC (Channel 13). Some previous puffery, however, includes an hour-long 25-year perspective show, "Silver Sunday," at 8 p.m. Saturday on Channel 11, followed by CBS sportscaster John Madden's annual "All-Madden Team" selection at 9 p.m.
THE OTHER STUFF -- CBS and NBC have countered the Super Bowl in the usual vaguely insulting fashion, assuming mostly women will be watching non-gridiron action and thus coming up with a pair of repeat TV romance movies. At 9 p.m. Sunday on CBS (Channel 11), Cheryl Ladd is torn between two lovers in a period movie, "The Fulfillment of Mary Gray." At the same hour on NBC (Channel 2) Ann Jillian stars in "Little White Lies," shot in Rome and all about amore.
THE CABLE CONNECTION -- The basic-cable Arts & Entertainment has a way of telling little-known stories that broaden our understanding of the world and its past. An example at 9 tonight is provided by "The Dunera Boys," a movie starring Bob Hoskins which examines the rarely remembered World War II imprisonment in Australia of European Jews who, fleeing Hitler, ended up in England and were arrested as spies. And on the domestic prison front, HBO premieres on Saturday (at 10 p.m. on the premium service) the three-act "Prison Stories: Women on the Inside." Relentlessly harsh and brutally coarse in language, the film is nonetheless well-acted and tightly directed, and stars Rae Dawn Chong, Lolita Davidovich, Annabella Sciorra, Taliso Soto and Rachel Ticotin. The themes are hope, as provided by female inmates' children, and despair at both the men who victimized them and their own weaknesses.