Will your boss be sympathetic if you want to find love on the telly? (Picture: Getty/ITV/Atakan)
We’ve all wondered what it would be like to take part in our favourite TV shows.
It could be in a quest to find love on the likes of Married At First Sight or Love Island, have your home redecorated by the Changing Rooms team, or you might want to try your hand at bringing home the Pointless trophy.
But if you do successfully make it through the audition stage, you will likely have to take some time from work to take part, and depending on the show, it could take up a fair bit of your time.
What are the rules regarding taking time off work to appear on a TV show?
Here is everything you need to know…
Can you take time off work to be on TV?
How much time you can take off work to appear on a TV show will largely depend on the amount of time the show in question may require from you.
Acas adviser, Gary Wedderburn, told Metro.co.uk that ‘there are no legal leave rights for taking time off specifically to appear on a TV show but there may be time off allowances as part of an organisation’s leave policies.
‘Some workplaces may offer a career break and special or unpaid leave as part of their leave policies for those who are eligible. But a worker would still need to check if this type of time off can be used for a long appearance on a tv show and they will need to seek permission from their employer first.’
If the time required for filming is a short day appearance, then you can consider using annual leave or swapping shifts with someone at work, but of course, you’ll still need to get permission from your boss.
‘An employer may also have other questions such as what impact the proposed TV appearance could have on their workplace or its reputation’ added Wedderburn.
How to apply to TV shows
Think you could go all the way on Pointless? (Picture: BBC/Remarkable/Jack Barnes)
Many TV shows have an application form online that you can fill out in order to be considered for the show.
For example, Love Island hopefuls apply by completing a registration form on the ITV website.
Applications for the 2022 series of Love Island are already open – you can register your interest in being on the show if you meet the eligibility criteria including being over the age of 18.
When applying to any show, make sure to read the terms and conditions beforehand to ensure you are eligible to apply.
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