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Daring new TV show offers close glimpse into mysterious Ankara nightlife

Nightclubs, or pavyons as they are called in Turkish, form a well-known but evasive culture with its extravagance and debauchery in Turkey's capital.

Having made its debut earlier this summer on the increasingly popular Turkish streaming site BluTV, the show “Pavyon” ("Nightclub") takes a close look at a deep-rooted, culturally-specific and infamous type of nightlife that is particularly prominent in the capital of Ankara.

The show gets its name from a type of glitzy Turkish nightclub where the music is bombastic, booze flows freely and men pay to have attractive, heavily made-up women keep them company at their tables. Its racy and frank content is notable given legislation that went into effect last month, enabling the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) to regulate content produced by sites like BluTV and Netflix.

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