The origins of the Songs of the Sibyls date back to the 6th century BC. Semi-divine beings, their oracular powers enabled them to predict the future. The myth of the sibyl was appropriated by the early Christians to prophesy the second coming of Christ, heralding the last judgment and the end of the world. This mythological element survived as late as the Middle Ages and even the Renaissance. Originally sung in Latin, the Songs of the Sibyls were traditionally performed by a young boy disguised as a woman during Matins on Christmas Day or during Holy Week in France, Italy and especially the Iberian Peninsula from the 10th century.
We can't live without it, but it’s thought a third of us in the UK are simply not getting enough quality sleep. In fact, the problem has become so serious; it's been described as a 'major public health concern'. Tonight's Fiona Foster meets people whose lives have become dominated by bad sleep, and investigates the causes and possible solutions. So have we now become a nation of bad sleepers, and what should be done about it? Some experts believe that sleep has been left off of the agenda for too long. With research suggesting that one in five teenagers have disturbed sleep due to technology, the problem is unlikely to go away, so how do we solve the problem of getting a good night’s sleep?
A fascinating look at the colourful career of architect Frank Gehry who despite being well into his eighties remains one of the world's most celebrated and famously provocative creative forces. From the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall, Gehry's buildings both intrigue and ignite. For Frank, rules are there to be broken. Alan Yentob explores Gehry's remarkable journey from poor outsider in Toronto to global 'starchitect' and follows the construction of a characteristically audacious new Gehry building in Sydney - his first in Australia.