We recently heralded it as “an essential comedy that peels away the stigma of mental health”, and Channel 4’s Pure has been one of 2019’s standout shows so far.
But will it return for a second series? Here’s everything we know so far.
What is Pure about?
Pure is based on a book by author Rose Cartwright and follows Marine, a 24 year-old who suffers from Pure O, a type of OCD that causes people to have uncontrollable – and in Marnie’s case often explicit – thoughts.
An official synopsis reads: “[Marnie’s] obsessions take the form of intrusive sexual thoughts, and the compulsions are unseen mental rituals that deeply affect her daily life. Something. Has. Got. To. Give. At breaking point, she packs a bag and, with no plan, jumps on a coach to London. In the capital, Marnie soon discovers she’s not the only one who’s lost.”
What is “Pure O”?
Pure O stands for “purely obsessional” and the mental health charity Mind define it as the experience of “distressing intrusive thoughts [but with] no external signs of compulsions”.
Mind list some examples of such internal compulsions: “Checking how you feel (for example, you might check to see if you are still in love with your partner), checking bodily sensations (for example, you might check to see if you were aroused by an intrusive thought), check how you feel about a thought (for example, you might check whether you are still ‘appropriately disgusted’ by the thought), repeating phrases or numbers in your head, checking if you still have a thought (for example, first thing in the morning)”.
Where/when can I watch series 1?
Pure premiered on Channel 4 on 30 January, airing every Wednesday night at 10pm for six weeks. The entire six-part series is available on demand at All4.
What have the reviews said about series 1?
Series 1 of Pure has received mostly positive reviews.
Calling the show a “breakout smash” and “an essential dark comedy about mental health”, NME’s Hannah Mylrea wrote that Pure “[juxtaposes] moments of comedy, total heartbreak and emotional turmoil”, adding: ‘What’s wonderful about Pure is that although the show is wickedly funny, mental health is never the punch line, with the serious and difficult moments handled expertly. It’s an honest and accurate portrayal of a young woman battling with OCD, which as we become more open to talk about mental health as a society, feels especially vital.”
Who soundtracked series 1?
Series 1 was scored by Julia Holter, who described Pure on Twitter as a “great show” with a “wild, moving story and incredible actors”.
i scored music for this new great show "Pure". enjoy, it's a wild, moving story and incredible actors https://t.co/jFbm5a7OpZ
— julia holter (@JULIA_HOLTER) January 31, 2019
Has a second series of Pure been confirmed?
Not yet, but when asked by NME whether she would be keen on a second series, writer Kirstie Swain said: “Oh yeah definitely, it’s my show. It feels so part of me, yeah absolutely.”
Star Charly Clive, who plays Marnie, told NME: “Definitely! […] If we do get a second series, there’s definitely a lot of material[…] So long as everyone else was keen, and Kirstie was on board, I’d love to.”
What could happen in series 2?
Clive told NME that while series 1 “doesn’t leave on a big cliff hanger necessarily”, there remains “no shortage of stuff we could talk about” in a second offering.
Swain, meanwhile, spoke of the topics she’d like to explore in its hypothetical second series. “I suppose it’s a good thing we haven’t run out of story, I’ve got a lot of things I want to explore if we were lucky enough to get a season two. The whole nature of OCD is it could go on for her entire life, and this was such a great way into…like with Marnie’s story she goes to London to find herself, and she finds all these other people as well, and now we’ve established those characters and almost this…it’s like a gang show she’s trying to find her people she’s found people, so we can explore their lives as well. I just think we could go anywhere with her, and I’d quite like to see her go home and say to the family that she ran away from…as her going to London in itself is a compulsion in itself, the whole avoidance, so yeah, there’s so much we could do. Like any mental illness it can be part of your life forever, so yeah, this could go on and on and on.”
Who would star in series 2?
Should a second series be commissioned, you can probably expect most of the main cast to return: Charly Clive (Marnie), Joe Cole (Charlie), Kiran Sonia Sawar (Shereen), Niamh Algar (Amber), Anthony Welsh (Joe).
Is there a trailer for series 2?