THURSDAY: Oliver Twist. (1984) Alec Guinness and John Howard Davies in David Lean's adaptation of the Dickens classic make the recent "Oliver!" stick in your gulliver by comparison. With Anthony Newley as the Artful Dodger. CH. 2. 8 p.m. B-W. 2 hrs. 30 min.
CBS News Special. "Five Presidents on the Presidency" draws on TV interviews ranging back to HST in 1952 to explore the occupants' various interpretations of the Oval Office. See a pre-Watergate Nixon say with a straight face: "I hope to restore respect to the Presidency." CH.5. 9 p.m. Color. 60 min.
FRIDAY: In Concert. Two back-to-back replays of rock-music simulcasts from last year feature Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Blood Sweat and Tears, Curtis Mayfield, Seals and Crofts, Chuck Berry, Poco, and Bo Diddley. CH.5. WBCN-FM. 11:30. Color. 3 hrs.
SATURDAY: Black Friday (1940) and The Clack Cat. (1941) Classic Horror's two features explore brain transplants with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi and comic mayhem with Basil Rathbone and Broderick Crawford. CH.5. 11:30. B-W. 3 hrs.
SUNDAY: On Loan From Russia: French Masterpieces. Forty-one artworks from Russia's Hermitage and Pushkin museums on loan to the National Gallery are traced during their transfer to the U.S. Special attention is given to several rare Matisses. Special attention is in order for Fine Arts 13ies. CH.2. 8 p.m. Color. 30 min.
My Son John. (1952) Paranoid fantasy from the McCarthy era stars Helen Hayes and Van Heflin. Dean Jagger hits son John, a suspected Communist, over the head with a Bible in one of the film's more subtle moments. CH.5. 9 p.m. B-W. 2 hrs. 30 min.
WEDNESDAY: The Paradine Case. (1948) Hitchcock in the courtroom for a murder trial with Ann Todd as a mystery woman being defended by able Gregory Peck. Lavish production form David O. Selznick. CH.5. 8 p.m. B-W. 2 hrs.
All-Star Swing Festival. Dynamite jazz and swing from some of the better musicians alive: Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines and Dizzy Gillespie. Taped last October at Philharmonic Hall. CH.4. 10 p.m. Color. 60 min.