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Series / Pure (2019)

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"Most people move to London to seek their fortune. I’ll settle for some answers."
— Marnie

Pure is a British dramedy series produced by Channel 4, based on the memoir by Rose Cartwright that follows Marnie, a young woman in her twenties who moves from Scotland to London to gain independence and discover herself. But something that has bothered Marnie for some time follows her.

Her thoughts.

Or more specifically intrusive thoughts. Wherever Marnie goes, whoever she meets pesky intrusive thoughts make the situation needlessly difficult by imaging people naked or engaging in deprived sexual acts. Even her own family. What Marnie has is Pure-OCD and with new friends and a new job working for an online lifestyle magazine all she wants to do is learn how to live with a mental health condition that forces her to imagine the most unthinkable things possible. Often hilarity can ensue. But most of the time its reality that ensues in this down-to-earth story of a young woman living with the realities of mental illness in modern Britain.


Pure contains examples of the following tropes:

  • British Accents: Marnie, coming from Scotland speaks with a distinctive Scottish accent which makes her notably stand out in London among her work colleagues.
  • Extreme Doormat: Shereen, Marnie's school friend and flatmate in London feels she has been this to Marnie at times.
  • Extreme Libido: Charlie is a troubled sex addict.
  • Fanservice Extra: The strippers in the club Marnie goes to in episode six.
  • Fan Disservice: some of Marnie's intrusive thoughts can go this way, such as making out with her mother amidst a family orgy at her parents' anniversary.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Marnie to herself based on her sexual intrusive thoughts about other women mean that she is a lesbian.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: the series, particularly Marnie when she tries to block out or ignore her intrusive thoughts as it is in real life for sufferers of Pure-OCD.
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  • Super OCD: Marnie's is realistic depiction of Pure-OCD and it is no less difficult than regular Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Thought-Aversion Failure: Happens frequently to Marnie when she tries to block out her intrusive thoughts.