television

THURSDAY: Jaques Cousteau. The famed explorer tackles Antarctia in a four-part special entitled "South to Fire and Ice." Part one looks at the penguins of King Goerge Island and takes a camera beneath an iceberg. CH.5.8.p.m. Color. 60 min.

CBS Playhouse 90. An unfuturistic drama of the future about a conflict within the Roman Catholic church, "Catholics" stars Trevor Howard and Martin Sheen. Adapted from the Brian Moore novel. CH.7. 9 p.m. Color. 90 min.

FRIDAY: Franlenstein. 1973. A highly literate updating of the Mary Shelley classic with a script by Christopher Lsherwood and Don Bachardy. In this two part production, Dr. Frankenstein's creation is not a monster but a handsome young man who slowly deteriorates, straining the psychological bond between the doctor and his "son." CH.10. 9 p.m. Color. 2 hrs. Conclusion Sat.

SATURDAY: NCAA Football. National football leader Alabama meets grudge rival Auburn at Birmingham. If you are under the illusion that Harvard and Yale have a real rivalry, you must see this game. CH.5. 6 p.m. Color. Live.

War and Peace. Part 2 of the BBC's elaborate and expensive production of the Russian classic centers on Andrei and Nikolai and their experiences in the Battle of Austerlitz. CH.2. 8:30 p.m. Color. 90 min.

SUNDAY: Primal Man. First of a four part series on primitive homo sapiens sounds like Konrad Lorenz in Ape-face. What were the roots of violence and aggression in man, is the question. Filmed in the Mohave Desert. CH.5. 7:30 p.m. Color. 60 min.

MONDAY: Sons and Lovers. 1960. A beautiful and sensitive film version of the Lawrence novel that lacks the driving passion that made the book so powerful. Ch.56. 8:30 p.m. B-W. 2hrs.