If you were one of the people who complained they’d have to be paid to watch Top Gear episodes featuring Chris Evans, you’re in luck as one company is willing to do that.
However, you won’t just be watching a handful of episodes, but rather 236 episodes from the modern era of Top Gear. In exchange for binge watching the series, Uswitch is promising to give one lucky fan some Top Gear merchandise as well as £1,000 ($1,379 / €1,185).
That being said, there are number of conditions as the contest is only open to UK residents who are at least 18 years old. They’ll also have three months to watch 30 seasons of the show, as part of an effort to help determine which car brand has been featured the most over the past 19 years.
However, this seems like a bit of marketing nonsense as the terms and conditions don’t say anything about watching Top Gear and the only reference to the show is that “the competition is in no way endorsed or affiliated with the BBC or Top Gear.” Further undermining the Top Gear watching aspect is the fact that the winner will be paid within 28 days of responding and that’s well before the end of the three month ‘watching window.’
It’s also worth noting the rules are so sloppily written that they contradict themselves. As an example, they state “winners will be notified by email (using details provided at entry) before Thursday 18th November” and “One winner will be chosen by random draw performed by a computer process on Friday 22nd November 2021.”
Given all of this, it seems like you could potentially get £1,000 ($1,379 / €1,185) and never watch a thing. That would be the ideal scenario as 236 episodes at roughly an hour each, would mean you’re getting paid £4.2 ($5.80 / €4.98) per hour to watch Top Gear. That’s not great, but at least you wouldn’t have to watch any Celebrity Brain Crash segments.