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Now TV is offering £35k and a sabbatical to watch box sets for a year

New research found that a fifth of Brits admit to having pulled an all-nighter to watch their favourite television series

Katie O'Malley
Thursday 24 January 2019 16:27 GMT
NOW TV is offering someone £35000 to take a year off to catch up on TV

If weekends and lunch breaks are dedicated to catching up on your favourite Netflix shows, listen up.

Now TV is offering one lucky binge-watcher a chance to win £35,000 and a “box set sabbatical” to watch television. Yes, really.

The streaming service is also giving away a Now TV smart stick and 12 months of NOW TV passes.

The competition comes after new research found that a fifth of Brits admit to having pulled an all-nighter to watch their favourite television box set.

The study, conducted by marketing research company OnePoll, found nearly a quarter of its 2,000 UK partipcants (23 per cent) felt left out socially when friends, family or colleagues are talking about a show they haven’t seen.

One in 20 (five per cent) even admitted to pulling a “sickie” to watch TV.

To enter the competition, you need to post a video or image showing why you deserve to win this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Entries should be submitted via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #BoxSetSabbatical and tagging @NOWTV.

A panel of judges, including comedian Joel Dommett, will then pick their favourite entry based on who has best demonstrated their passion for television, creativity and experience.

Dommett said of the competition: “For anyone who loves telly, this really is the most unbelievable gig.

“Sitting with my feet up watching my favourite shows and getting paid for the privilege is something I quite literally dream about.”

Dommett shared his top tips to winning the competition, revealing “there’s extra points if you really get into character”.

Back view of a couple watching TV on sofa at home.

Emma Quartly, marketing director at Now TV said of the competition: “Our research found one in seven Brits spend their holiday catching up on telly and 40 per cent say TV helps them escape and relax, so in the depths of winter, we wanted to take duvet days to another level with the first ever TV streaming sabbatical.”

Entries are now open and close at midnight on Thursday 14 February 2019.

Further details on how to enter, as well as full terms and conditions, can be found at

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