It may be tucked away in the TV schedules at 10pm on a Wednesday, but new Channel 4 comedy drama Pure is already building up a passionate fanbase – after just one episode.
Pure tells the story of a young woman called Marnie and her experience of pure O, an excruciating form of obsessive compulsive disorder that manifests itself in intrusive sexual thoughts. It’s also really, really funny.
- What is ‘Pure O’, the form of obsessive compulsive disorder at the centre of Channel 4’s Pure?
- Meet the cast of Pure on Channel 4
- How did Channel 4’s Pure shoot those OCD naked scenes?
And if you don’t believe us, just take a look at viewers’ reactions on Twitter…
— Craig Parkinson (@Cparks1976) January 30, 2019
— David Nicholls (@DavidNWriter) January 30, 2019
Viewers with OCD or intrusive thoughts were tweeting about seeing their experiences captured on screen, with one writing: “Never before has a mainstream TV show captured the horrors of OCD intrusive thoughts so perfectly.”
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
Never before has a mainstream TV show captured the horrors of OCD intrusive thoughts so perfectly.
— Charlie Loveday (@creloveday) January 29, 2019
@Channel4 #pure Only the first part so far and already I have so much faith in this programme. The initial opening where she explained how #ocd made her feel, for the first time made me think ‘yes, that’s how it feels’ nicely done!
— Lyndsey ✨ (@Lyndseydevlin) January 30, 2019
A depiction of #OCD that isn't just hand washing, cleanliness, colour coordination or neat lines.
Also, I've had, and still have, thoughts similar to those shown tonight AS WELL AS other forms of #OCD – it isn't either/or! ????????☺️
— Rich (@RichBiscuit21) January 30, 2019
Fans had one big message: if you’re not seen Pure yet, “watch it!”
Watch Pure. Yes. Do it. Watch it. It’s wonderful. Do it. Thank you channel 4.
— Gillian Harrison (@brightnshinyish) January 31, 2019
Everything has come together so perfectly – great storytelling, great writing, great acting, great everything. And it's *funny* but it's also painful and true. Which, as you all know, is my fave. #Pure
— Sara Barnard (@saramegan) January 30, 2019
Just watched 1st episode of Channel 4 six-parter PURE.
Sense this is going to be special. A startling + superb insight into sexuality + mental health, particularly OCD here as it deftly shows how debilitating such obsessive thoughts can be.
The editing. ????
Charly Clive. ❤ pic.twitter.com/ZY94F3BjqR
— Darryl Griffiths ✨ (@LegallyBOD) January 30, 2019
And viewers were also full of praise for newcomer Charly Clive, who stars as Marnie. Could this be a breakout role?
— Will Murtagh (@willmurta) January 31, 2019
@thekirstieswain awesome work tonight Kirstie. Loved it. Charly Clive is a real find, isn't she?
— Douglas Dougan (@douglasdougan) January 30, 2019
Watched the first episode of #pure on @Channel4 tonight then had to watch all the other episodes on @All4. Loved it so much. Hope another series is on the way. Well done @CharlyClive very believable and intriguing ❤️
— Jo Cross (@Jo_Cross75) January 31, 2019
— D?e Banks (@Dante_Banks) January 30, 2019
Pure continues on Wednesday 6th February at 10pm on Channel 4, and is available now as a boxset on All4