Unbound title Pure by Rose Bretécher is to be made into a six-part drama series for Channel 4 by the producers of "Doctor Foster".
Based on the story of Bretécher’s life with intrusive sexual thoughts as a symptom of OCD, Pure is a tragicomic memoir which was published by Unbound in 2015.
Due to be broadcast in 2018, the drama series will be produced by Drama Republic which is best known for “My Mad Fat Diary”, “The Honourable Woman” and “Doctor Foster”. It will be adapted by screenwriter and playwright Kirstie Swain.
Pure is the true story of Bretécher's life with intensive sexual thoughts. It tracks her "farcical" 10-year path to redemption, from the time she was first seized by graphic mental images to her eventual recovery through therapy, acceptance and love.
The book describes her obsessive questioning of her identity and her compulsive search for an answer, including driving across the world in a bus, debating the erotic allure of Cherie and Tony Blair and watching Jake Gyllenhaal’s face turn into a chubby vagina. After stepping back from the iron railings of a snow-swept balcony in East London, in the memoir Bretécher eventually finds joy in the inescapable truth that when it comes to who we are, there are no neat conclusions.
Bretécher said: “To go from a kid who was too frightened and too ashamed to speak about their thoughts to now having a full scale production surrounding the retelling of my story is so validating and it is a real honour. I can’t wait to share it with you all.”
Bretécher lives in London. Since graduating in English she’s been working as a freelance writer, creating feature articles, short film scripts, short stories and ad concepts. Bretécher’s work has been published by The Guardian, The Independent, Vice and Somesuch Stories. Pure is her first book.