Pure (British TV series)

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Written byKirstie Swain
Directed byAneil Karia
Alicia Macdonald
Music byJulia Holter
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes6
Running time31-38 minutes
Original release
NetworkChannel 4
Release30 January (2019-01-30) –
6 March 2019 (2019-03-06)

Pure is a British television series first broadcast on 30 January 2019 on Channel 4. Based on the book of the same name by Rose Cartwright,[1][2] it stars Charly Clive as 24-year-old Marnie, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and is plagued by disturbing sexual thoughts.[3] On 14 February 2020 it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a second series.[4]



The series was first broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 from January to March 2019.[5] It was not renewed for a second season. In the United States, the series was released on HBO Max on 27 August 2020 and was removed on 26 August 2022.[6] In Italy, the TV series was published entirely on the RaiPlay streaming platform starting from 25 November 2020


Pure received generally positive reviews and was praised for its frank treatment of mental health issues and sexuality. It was described as "a masterly comedy about sex and mental health" by the Guardian.[7] The NME gave the show 4/5 and described it as "an essential comedy that peels away the stigma of mental health",[8] and described it as "one of 2019's standout shows so far".[9] The Daily Telegraph called the show "an excruciating success".[10]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 80% based on 20 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Pure compassionately explore(s) the complications of compulsion, shame, and struggling to make sense of oneself."[11]


  1. ^ "Pure review: Has the potential to deepen our understanding of mental health". The Independent. 30 January 2019.
  2. ^ Crawley, Peter. "Pure review: Rarely has a filthy mind seemed so squeaky clean". The Irish Times.
  3. ^ "Channel 4's OCD sex terror Pure is too pure for its own good". British GQ. 29 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Pure will not be returning for a second series, Channel 4 confirms".
  5. ^ "Pure: Pure". Channel 4.
  6. ^ "HBO Max Pulling Original Series from Service on August 26".
  7. ^ Mangan, Lucy (30 January 2019). "Pure review – a masterly comedy about sex and mental health". The Guardian – via www.theguardian.com.
  8. ^ "'Pure' TV show review: an essential comedy about mental health". NME. 4 February 2019. Archived from the original on 4 February 2019.
  9. ^ "'Pure' series 2 – release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything there is to know". NME. 2 March 2019.
  10. ^ Brown, Helen (30 January 2019). "Pure, episode 1, review: naked bodies and extreme emotions make this new comedy an excruciating success". The Telegraph – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Pure: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 29 October 2020.

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