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Viewers Left Shocked By Incestuous Scenes In First Episode Of Pure

Viewers Left Shocked By Incestuous Scenes In First Episode Of Pure

TV can be broadly split into two important categories: programmes that you can watch with your parents, and programmes that you can't watch with your parents.

Match of the Day, Wallace and Gromit and The Great British Bake Off are all safe choices if you're sharing the box with the 'rents. Naked Attraction, Babestation and now Pure are definitely not.

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The first episode of the Channel 4 drama aired last night and within about five minutes it all got very uncomfortable.

The programme follows a 24-year-old Scot called Marnie, who is played by Charly Clive.

She is convinced she is a sex addict, as she is plagued by frequent perverted thoughts. Viewers are exposed to these right from the off, as Marnie makes a speech at her parents' surprise anniversary party.

The speech is quickly thrown off course, as she begins to have sexual thoughts about the guests in front of her. It starts off with just a few boobs here or there, but quickly descends into a filthy imaginary orgy, in which her dad can be seen getting very freaky with another young guest.

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Viewers were taken off guard by the raunchy scenes in the first episode. Credit: Channel 4
Viewers were taken off guard by the raunchy scenes in the first episode. Credit: Channel 4

But perhaps most shocking of all is the smooch Marnie shares with her mother, which ultimately brings the fantasy to an end.

Judging from the reaction on Twitter, it seems many viewers were left squirming in their seats as the drama unfolded.

One person said: "Just managed to watch the first five minutes of #Pure with my mum and now I can't look at her in the eye."

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Another made the same mistake: "Anyone else watching #Pure? I made the mistake of turning it on in the family room with my mum."

Yeah, pretty uncomfortable.

Many who chose to watch Pure with their parents regretted their decision. Credit: Channel 4
Many who chose to watch Pure with their parents regretted their decision. Credit: Channel 4


The synopsis for the programme reads: "Twenty-four-year-old Marnie has bad thoughts all the time and she can't tell anyone. Her mind is XXX-rated and intrusive thoughts are piling up inside her head."

It turns out Marnie isn't a sex addict, however; rather she has a rare form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), from which the title of the drama is derived.

The synopsis continues: "She is caught in the grip of an excruciating form of obsessive-compulsive disorder - nicknamed 'Pure O' - where her 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."

The drama is inspired by the memoirs of Rose Cartwright, 32, who contemplated suicide as a teenager because of extreme X-rated thoughts.

For Rose, Pure O caused a journey of constant sexual and violent imaginings about people including friends and family members. After years of anxiety and panic attacks because of the condition, Rose found a treatment that worked for her. She went on to write a book, Pure, which was published in 2015.

The drama airs at 10pm on Channel 4 on Wednesdays.

Alternatively, you can watch the whole series on All 4 now, and let your mum have the TV to herself on Wednesdays.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.