Pure. Marnie (Charly Clive)


  • TV comedy drama
  • Channel 4
  • 2019
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Comedy drama about one woman's mental illness and attempts to find herself after running away to London. Stars Charly Clive, Anthony Welsh, Niamh Algar, Joe Cole, Kiran Sonia Sawar and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 1

Witty, chaotic Marnie has been plagued by disturbing sexual thoughts for as long as she can remember. At the end of her rope, Marnie jumps on a bus to London on a mission to change her life and figure out what is wrong with her. Loose and alone in the big city, she tumbles into the lives of eccentric Shereen, sardonic Amber and charismatic Joe.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 30th January 2019
Channel 4
45 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 1st February 2019 12:55am C4

Cast & crew

Charly Clive Marnie
Anthony Welsh Joe
Niamh Algar Amber
Joe Cole Charlie
Kiran Sonia Sawar Shereen
Guest cast
Arabella Weir Ingrid
Ewan Stewart Mal
Olivia Gray (as Olive Gray) Helen
Gail Mackinnon Zumba 1
Charlie Mudie Zumba 2
Harriet Webb Alison
Georgie Glen Dr Geary
Elee Nova Dafne
Munirih Grace Shula
Writing team
Kirstie Swain Writer
Morven Reid Script Editor
Production team
Aneil Karia Director
Jen Kenwood Producer
Roanna Benn Executive Producer
Kirstie Swain Associate Producer
Rose Cartwright Associate Producer
Michael Robins Co-producer
Mike Jones Editor
Beck Rainford Production Designer
Jane Ripley Casting Director
Siân Jenkins Costume Designer
Benjamin Todd Director of Photography
Erika Ökvist Make-up Designer
Julia Holter Composer
Chris Dall 1st Assistant Director


Your first experience at a gay club

Marnie has just arrived in London, and she's looking to change her life.

Featuring: Charly Clive (Marnie), Niamh Algar (Amber) & Elee Nova (Dafne).


Pure. Marnie (Charly Clive)


'Pure' review

An essential comedy that peels away the stigma of mental health.

Hannah Mylrea, NME, 4th February 2019

Pure, Channel 4's latest thing to set cats among pigeons, can lay claim to being rather taboo-busting, and is bound to win plaudits. Rightly so, in many ways: it's the interpretation of a book about mental illness - specifically, a form of OCD designated "pure", as the symptoms occur not physically but as mental obsessions, often savagely debilitating. Poor 24-year-old Marnie just happens to see tonguing, furry, sweaty, awful porn-sex between whichever people she's looking at whenever it kicks in. She hates it - knowing something's slightly off with her brain - and she loves it - being 24 in London, and ditto.

It addresses serious, really serious, issues; I just don't know whether they quite mesh yet with the other stated intent: comedy. Newcomer Charly Clive as Marnie is wonderful - surely an instant hit - with her perfect(ly fake) Scots accent and dry jibes, but so far this straddles an uneasy chasm between wryness and horror, and threatens to unseat both pegs.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 3rd February 2019

Pure, Channel 4 review - sex, OCD and the single girl

Tormenting thoughts: a triumphant drama series that tackles mental health taboos.

Markie Robson-Scott, The Arts Desk, 31st January 2019

A new brand of confessional comedy-drama for millennials arrives in the form of this series based on the memoir by Rose Cartwright. It follows 24-year-old Scot Marnie, who is plagued by intrusive sexual thoughts in the form of an OCD nicknamed "Pure O". As it opens, she boards a bus to London determined to change her life.

Mike Bradley, The Guardian, 30th January 2019

Kirstie Swain: "You can't be a little bit OCD."

The writer of coming-of-age comedy drama Pure, starting tonight on C4, talks to us about depictions of mental illness and sex on TV...

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 30th January 2019

Pure review

Has the potential to deepen our understanding of mental health.

Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent, 30th January 2019

Pure, Channel 4, review

A startlingly bold and very funny comedy about mental health.

Sarah Carson, i Newspaper, 30th January 2019

Pure review - masterly comedy about sex & mental health

Marnie has a form of OCD called Pure O, which manifests as constant invasive thoughts about sex. But this comedy-drama never resorts to cheap laughs. It is brave, bold and barely short of a miracle.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 30th January 2019

Pure episode 1 review: frank, funny & boundary-pushing

Channel 4's Pure is a bold comedy-drama led by shock, laughs and a compelling lead performance.

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 30th January 2019

Pure, episode 1, review

Naked bodies and extreme emotions make this new comedy an excruciating success,

Helen Brown, The Telegraph, 30th January 2019

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