Television series released on DVD this week:

Television series released on DVD this week:

v “Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas”: Long-running Canadian favorite has Yannick Bisson’s 1900 detective investigating the death of Santa Claus, with guest star Ed Asner; list price $25, Acorn.

v “Agatha Raisin”: Breezy British village crime solving by Ashley Jensen (“Ugly Betty”), from the novels by M.C. Beaton, with featurettes; $60 for 3 discs, Acorn.

v “Clean Break”: Irish thriller of a small-town kidnapping gone wrong, with Adam Fergus (“Being Erica”), Aidan McArdle (“Mr. Selfridge”); $40 for 2 discs, Acorn.

v “Janet King: Series 1 and 2”: Australian legal drama stars Marta Dusseldorp (“Jack Irish”) as a prosecutor juggling controversial cases and personal tragedies; $50 each, Acorn.

v “Harley and the Davidsons”: Discovery Channel’s 2016 mini-series about the gentlemen who founded the legendary motorcycle company; due Dec. 13.

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center”(8 p.m., NBC): It’s time for this annual yuletide special during which the Big Apple’s big tree gets its shine on. Also featured: Live performances by Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond and others.

“Ed sullivan’s rock and roll classics — the 60s” (8 p.m., pbs): A special of classic song performances spanning the years 1963-1968.

“Incorporated” (10 p.m., Syfy): “Incorporated” is a thriller set in a near future where a small group of companies with unlimited power essentially control the world. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the show’s executive producers.

TV listings, C3


Packard Band Christmas concert


The Packard Band will present its “Christmas Spectacular” concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. Admission is free.

Jesse Leyva, director of bands at Kent State University, will lead the band in a variety of Christmas songs. Dancers from D.C. Dancers, Jill’s Danceshop, Jeannette’s School of Dance, James Dance Center and the Jordan School of Ballet, plus the Lincoln School Eighth Grade Band will be spotlighted.

Vocalists will Dana Victor and Cortney MacKay. Bradley J. Holko will be the master of ceremonies and Wendell Lauth will present Visual Images of Christmas. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and present treats to the children as they visit after the concert.

More than 3,000 area students will attend two performances of the show on Friday.

‘Messiah’ sing will be open to everyone


Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road in Cornersburg, is hosting a community sing of “Messiah” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Singers of all levels are invited to participate in the performance of the beautiful oratorio by George F. Handel. Admission is free to participants and audience.

Singers are asked to bring a copy of the score. A limited number will be available for a $10 deposit. For information, call the church at 330-792-4046.

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