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The Week at a Glance

What to watch for week of May 25, 1990 -- A day-to-day guide to notable programs

25/FRIDAY
Miniseries: At Mother's Request
The more lurid, less illuminating of two 1987 miniseries (Nutcracker was the other) about New York socialite Frances Schreuder, who ordered her teenage son to kill hhr father. Stefanie Powers, E.G. Marshall, and Doug McKeon star. CBS (Part 1: 9-11 p.m.; Part 2: Sun., 9-11 p.m.)

Movie: Matewan
It's slooooow good: Writer-director John Sayles' drama about attempts to crush a union movement of West Virginia miners takes a while to get going but is filled with fine performances and evocative period detail. A&E (9 p.m.-midnight) B-

The Stations of Bach
Performances of a dozen Bach compositions highlight a musical biography that revisits the sites of his greatest work and offers new interpretations. PBS (9-10:30 p.m.)

26/SATURDAY
Wonderworks: The Finding
(See review.)

The Famous Teddy Z
(See review.)

The Tracey Ullman Show
One of television's most esteemed, least watched comedy series recaps the season's greatest moments in an hour-long special that should show why Ullman won an Emmy for outstanding variety program. Fox (9-10 p.m.)

City
Back on the schedule (but not necessarily for long), Valerie Harper's city-planning comedy ropes Mr. Ed star Alan Young for an episode in which Liz (Harper) faces a reunion with her estranged father. CBS (9:30-10 p.m.)

27/SUNDAY
Movie: Tumbledown
From England, a made-for-TV docudrama about 22-year-old British Army Lieut. Robert Lawrence (Colin Firth) and his struggle to adjust to paralysis after being shot in the Falklands War. A&E (8-10 p.m.)

National Memorial Day Concert
Name that anthem: Live from the West Lawn of the Capitol, the U.S. Army Chorus, National Symphony Orchestra, and Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps offer a program of odes to America, from ''Battle Hymn of the Republic'' to ''The Yankee Doodle Boy.'' PBS (8-9:30 p.m.)

In Living Color
If you lost track of it on Saturdays, catch up now: Keenen Ivory Wayans' half-hour of over-the-top satire will follow Married. . .With Children in what looks like the most ferocious hour of comedy on TV. Fox (9:30-10 p.m.)

Masterpiece Theatre: The Charmer
A rerun of last year's six-part miniseries about con man Ralph Gorse (Nigel Havers), whose affable ways mask an insatiable desire to acquire. PBS (9:30-10:30 p.m.)

World of Audubon: Arctic Refuge
(See review.)

Unplugged
Music without special effects: MTV's stripped-down half-hour of acoustic rock is one of the network's most consistent pleasures. MTV (11-11:30 p.m.)

28/MONDAY
Skyscraper
How to build a high rise, part 4: Manhattan's Worldwide Plaza gets some finishing touches as the series visits the building's ironworkers, Mohawks on a reservation in Canada. PBS (8-9 p.m.) A-

Movie: Heaven Can Wait
A football player who died too soon gets a return ticket to Earth, a new body (Warren Beatty's), and a chance to make Julie Christie fall in love with him, in a very funny, irresistibly romantic remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan. ABC (9-11 p.m.) A-

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