Pure. Marnie (Charly Clive).


Channel 4 comedy drama about a woman with undiagnosed OCD. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2019. Stars Charly Clive, Anthony Welsh, Niamh Algar, Joe Cole and others.

Press Clippings

Pure will not be returning for a second series

Channel 4 has confirmed that its comedy drama Pure will not be returning for a second series.

Morgan Jeffery, Radio Times, 14th February 2020

How comedy-dramas use humour to tackle mental health

From Fleabag to Flowers - the Brits have a real knack for tragicomedy.

Ellie Harrison, Radio Times, 17th May 2019

When did television become so explicit about sex?

When did television become so explicit about sex? If you're not given to watching Channel 4 after 10pm, then recently you might have missed Pure, The Bisexual and Catastrophe - which would be a pity, as they are all superb. And then there is BBC Three's Fleabag, which returns for a second season next week.

Gerard Gilbert, i Newspaper, 1st March 2019

For those who have resisted an All 4 binge of Kirstie Swain's inspired comedy-drama, about a woman plagued by a rare OCD that floods her mind with sexually intrusive thoughts, tonight's series-ending double bill will come as a treat. Now, best friend Helen arrives from Scotland, and Marnie is overjoyed that she seems to understand her problem.

Mike Bradley, The Guardian, 27th February 2019

After last week's shagathon, Marnie (Charly Clive) renews her pursuit of healthy balance. An unflappable new therapist helps, but what's the difference between intrusive thoughts and genuine sexual attraction? A period of celibacy seems in order: "If you see me near anyone's genitals, smack them out my hands."

Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 20th February 2019

Charlie Clive interview

We caught up with Charly to talk about why she wanted to be involved in Pure and how comedy can get people talking.

Hannah Mylrea, NME, 12th February 2019

Pure is warm-hearted without being sentimental

Part of a growing canon of struggling-urban-millennial comedies, Pure is a warm-hearted but unsentimental portrait of a 24 year old trying to overcome her fears of what kind of person she might be, and getting to know herself better in the process.

Anna Leszkiewicz, The New Statesman, 8th February 2019

The usual millennial-in-the-city dramedy gets a necessary revamp via this mental health memoir. This week, sex-obsessed Marnie (Charly Clive) makes a new London friend (Joe Cole from Peaky Blinders), who not only helps guide her to a diagnosis but introduces her to felting. And no, that's not a weird sex thing.

Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 6th February 2019

'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