TV series breaks fourth wall to avoid on-screen kiss

A Turkish hit TV series fined for showing a steamy on-screen kiss has found an innovative way to hit back at the censors by showing an almost kiss, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said.

Two characters about to express their passion for one another in the mafia-themed series Çukur (The Pit) pulled back from the kiss at the last moment.

“We can’t kiss on camera, they’ll exact a punishment,” the actress playing Sena said, gesturing at the camera.

Broadcasting watchdog RTÜK earlier fined the show for an episode in which two actors kissed romantically on screen.