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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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Alan Yentob to host live online chat with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

Following tonight's edition of Imagine on BBC One at 10.35pm, Ai Weiwei – Without Fear Or Favour, viewers are invited to partake in a live online chat with China's most creatively provocative artist at his home in Beijing.

The online Q&A will take place on Tuesday 16 November between 11.30pm-12.00midnight.

Hosted by Alan Yentob, the online Q&A will be a unique opportunity for viewers to pose their questions to the artist who, earlier last week, made national headlines when he was placed under house arrest by Chinese authorities.

Viewers will be able to submit questions at bbc.co.uk/imagine from 11.30pm, or by using #bbcimagine on Twitter.

The relative anonymity in Britain of Ai Weiwei, who is unquestionably the most famous contemporary artist in China, came to an abrupt end after he was invited to exhibit in the vast Turbine Hall at Tate Modern this autumn.

Imagine explores the private life and personal passions that have shaped Weiwei's expansive career as an artistic social activist.

Alan joins Ai as the artist oversees the installation of his work and speaks to Ai's team of technicians that have helped to turn the artist's vision into a reality.

JB

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