Ian Breakwellâ€™s Continuous Diary, 1984
Produced by Anna Ridley.
An Annalogue Production for Channel 4 Television.
Courtesy of Anna Ridley and Felicity Sparrow
Ian Breakwellâ€™s Continuous Diary is a series of 21 episodes commissioned as part of the Dadarama series for the launch of Channel 4. Presented here is a selection of episodes made by the late Ian Breakwell. The producer and commissioner Anna Ridley writes:
Ian had decided that he wanted to develop his â€śContinuous Diaryâ€ť for television. Annalogue, my production company, received an initial budget to produce several episodes as a pilot. Despite C4â€™s free-wheeling philosophy, I guess the idea was â€śriskyâ€™ especially as the Channel had yet to launched. The pilot received a very favourable response and full production commenced [â€¦]. Ianâ€™s â€śContinuous Diaryâ€ť episodes were of varying running times, the shortest being 2â€™46â€ť and the longest 12â€™39â€ť, with a total duration of 2 hours and 17 minutes. Some draw on Ianâ€™s existing Diaries and adapted; others were made especially. â€ś13th May 1984â€ť, for example, is about the London Marathon and was shot on that day whilst the marathon was taking place and transmitted the following day. Ian decided on a transmission schedule of one episode per evening Monday to Friday preferably after the pubs closed! I think he both wanted his audience in a mellow mood and not to have to curtail his own time in the pub, one of his evening rituals.
The works on view are:
Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Diary (Programme 2) Untitled 2:46 mins
Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Diary (Programme 3) The Walking Man 5.05 mins
Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Diary (Programme 7) Untitled 5:03 mins
Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Diary (Programme 9) Oct 12 1982 6:55 mins
Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Diary (Programme 10) Growth 12:39 mins
Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Diary (Programme 13) 13 May 1984 8:19 mins
Ian Breakwell’s Continuous Diary (Programme 21) The Birthday after the Night Before 10:55 mins
The last episode (21) was the very last programme of the Diary, with all the crew and team presented in person.