Here’s an interesting one with a semi-interesting story. Like Netflix back in the day, HBO Max has to fill its content coffers and one way the streaming service is doing that—just like Netflix and Amazon did originally—is license previously made content and repackage it as something relatively new. Take, “Pure” a new comedy/drama series coming to HBO Max. “Pure” is a British television series first broadcast on 30 January 2019 on BBC’s Channel 4. It stars up-and-coming English actor Charly Clive as a 20-something adult who is having 24/7 OCD-driven sex fantasies. She doesn’t know what to do about them, so it’s off to both lots of experimentation and therapy.
The trailer is quite funny and well put together and it sounds like a promising series. Written by Kirstie Swain and based on the book of the same name by Rose Cartwright, “Pure” also stars Joe Cole, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Niamh Algar, and Anthony Welsh The series earned a positive reception from U.K. audiences and critics for its humor and frank treatment of mental health issues and sexuality.
But all that said, Channel 4 who described the show as “ground-breaking, taboo-busting and unabashed series which brilliantly illuminates a previously little-known, and even more little-understood, topic,” decided to not pick up the series for Season 2. Very strange.
Meanwhile, “Pure” writer Kirstie Swain has already moved on to new series for Sky called, “Sweetpea,” described as a “darkly comic drama.”
Still, HBO Max needs content I guess, so “Pure” is coming to the streaming platform soon, though admittedly, with little promotion other than a new trailer quietly making it onto their YouTube channel.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Meet Marnie. She’s witty, smart, and ‘normal’. Well, apart from the relentless barrage of X-rated thoughts she’s had inside her head for the past 3,723 days. After an incident at her parents’ wedding anniversary, Marnie packs a bag and sets off on a journey of self-discovery, finding friends, and learning how to love. Starring Charlie Clive, Kirstie Swain’s brilliantly funny, emotive series is based on Rose Cartwright’s acclaimed biography.
“Pure” starts streaming August 27 on HBO Max. Watch the trailer below.