Channel 4’s latest offering is definitely a show you shouldn’t watch with the parents.
Pure goes with the synopsis of, “She’s had x-rated thoughts for the last 3672 days and she doesn’t know why or what they mean” — which was already enough to get me interested.
The series follows acting newcomer Charly Clive as Marnie — a 24-year-old who suffers from an extreme version of OCD called purely obsessional OCD (Pure O). Marnie’s affliction means she’s constantly bombarded with sexual thoughts, which had led to this comedic six-part drama. As you can imagine, there’s plenty of X-rated content.
In the first episode, there were scenes of Marnie’s dad getting down and dirty with her best friend as she kisses her own mum. As you can imagine this is Channel 4 10pm scheduling at its finest.
Considering Channel 4 gave us the boner-packed Cucumber a few years ago, most of us have become accustomed to the network’s cocks to the wind mentality when it comes to nudity and taboo subjects. That being said, Pure viewers couldn’t help but share their shock and awe on social media.
Anyone else watching #Pure? I made the mistake of turning it on in the family room with my mum 🙄😂
— Georgina Goodman (@GeorginaDoes) January 30, 2019
Just managed to watch the first five minutes of #Pure with my mum and now I can’t look at her in the eye 😟
— bluemonkeyape 💙🐵🦍 (@bluemonkeyape) January 30, 2019
Well 5 minutes of 'Pure' and it's bizarre and riveting. Proper old style channel 4 shock, sex and nakedness
— Wez 🏳️🌈 (@WesleyTaylor2) January 30, 2019
— Nadia Castro (@nadiacastrouk) January 30, 2019
I didn’t think it was that bad. I once remember watching an episode of Footballer’s Wives: Extra Time that contained the inappropriate use of a Henry Hoover. While Pure clearly wasn’t for everyone, other’s praised the show for tackling a real-life issue head-on.
In fact Pure is earning a lot of praise for its refreshing way of tackling another important issue.
I had Pure O between 17-21 years old, for a long time I didn't know what it was & thought there was 'something wrong with me'. So happy it's being explored on Channel 4's Pure!! Loved the 1st episode. #pure #pureo #ocd #channel4 #intrusivethoughts #mentalhealth
— Josie-Anne Searl (@josieannesearl) January 30, 2019
#Pure is an extraordinarily bold – and funny – new show coming to Channel 4 about one woman's experience of a little-known form of OCD. Hopefully it will help to subvert stereotypes surrounding mental health https://t.co/tjnOjfiUE5
— Ellie Harrison (@Ellie_Harrison) January 28, 2019
Never before has a mainstream TV show captured the horrors of OCD intrusive thoughts so perfectly.
— Charlie Loveday (@creloveday) January 29, 2019
Just bawled my eyes out watching #Pure on @Channel4 – as someone with Pure O I've never seen my story told before. Thank you @RoseCartwright_ and the rest of the team, this show is important to so many people ❤️ and funny as well!
— Rachel (@bee_cakez) January 30, 2019
Pure comes just after Netflix flashed a load of T&A our way with Sex Education. Equally X-rated, the Asa Butterfield-led drama should also be swerved if your family are around.
Personally, I was pretty gripped by Pure. It isn’t every day you see a naked doctor lick her own armpits and a whole tube carriage on the London Underground engage in an orgy — is that normal on the Northern Line? Pure has already gathered itself a loyal fanbase who can’t wait for the next episode.