WORTH NOTING ON TV
In the Spotlight (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): In case the title "From Me to You" escapes you, it was the very first No. 1 hit - in Britain - by a group of four young rockers who called themselves the Beatles. That happened 30 years ago - can it be? - and to mark the occasion a concert is airing that features Beatle hits performed by song and dance people who have had one connection or another with the pop legends. The show, filmed at the Kentucky Center of the Arts and called "A Beatles Songbook" - includes a mix of
reminiscent interviews. * THURSDAY
The American Film Institute Salute to Elizabeth Taylor (ABC, 9-10 p.m.): These yearly AFI tributes take the long view of the people saluted and sometimes reach beyond movies to a notable service to humanity. That's true of this year's choice, Elizabeth Taylor, whose many marriages and general notoriety have tended to obscure her long-term and obviously genuine commitment to AIDS victims. Her efforts in helping fight this disease have not escaped her colleagues, who will be there in force to help honor her - from Michael Jackson to Sidney Poitier to Tom Selleck.
Carol Burnett is host, and Dr. Mathilde Krim, co-founder and chairman of The American Foundation for AIDS Research, will describe her association over the years with Ms. Taylor.
Not that the show will fail to note the better-known part of Taylor's life - her film roles. After all, she's won two Best Actress Oscars - rare for any actor, man or woman: Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and Gloria Wandrous in "Butterfield 8." Only three other women, in fact, have been picked for the salute since the occasion started 21 years ago (Bette Davis in 1977, Lillian Gish in 1984, and Barbara Stanwyck in 1987). Clips of Taylor's decades of filmmaking are spotted throughout the hou r, and some fans will mentally screen bits from their own favorite roles - like Taylor as the horse-crazy kid in "National Velvet," or as the girl in "Father of the Bride" whose dazzling beauty barely avoids upstaging a skillful acting job.
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