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BBC Top Gear Series 24 to hit screens on March 5; Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Rory Reid to lead show

British television series BBC Top Gear’s new season will return to TV screens on March 5, Sunday. The Series 24 will be anchored by Friends star Matt LeBlanc, YouTube car review sensation Chris Harris and motoring journalist Rory Reid.

Also read: BBC Top Gear Series 24 trailer released

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The new series comes after an eventful Series 23 aired in June and July 2016. The first series post infamous exit of hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May has failed to impress audience. The Series 23 was led by Chris Evans and viewership fell from 4.3 million to 1.9 million by the end of the series. This also led to the exit of Evans.

LeBlanc, Reid and Harris were also part of six presenters in Series 23, others being lead presenter Evans, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan. For the new season, three men hosting team is in line with the Clarkson, Hammond and May era till series 22.

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BBC recently released a trailer for Series 24 that showed Harris drifting a 1,036bhp Ferrari FXX K, a car chase scene in which LeBlanc drives an Aston Martin DB11, Reid crashing his taxi in Kazakhstan and LeBlanc picking up naked hitchhikers in an Avtoros Shaman. This indicates that the show will be fun to watch just like other episodes before Series 23. What more, the trailer ends with an appearance by The Stig with fire on his right arm.

BBC affirms a lot more car stuff has been included in Series 24 and details will be released in due course. The show will go on air on March 5, 8pm on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.

The former presenters of the show, Clarkson, Hammond and May, are now spearheading a new show on Amazon Prime – The Grand Tour. The first season of the show with 13 episodes finished airing on February 3. The Season 2 has been scheduled for later this year.

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MATT LEBLANC RETURNS TO TOP GEAR IN 2017

It was confirmed today that Matt LeBlanc will return to host Top Gear with a new season set to air on BBC AMERICA next year. LeBlanc will be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig.

Having proved a big hit with viewers when he co-hosted the most recent season of Top Gear, American iconic actor LeBlanc has agreed a two season deal with the BBC.

Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios says: “Matt was hugely popular with Top Gear viewers last series with his humor, warmth and obvious passion for cars and for the show, so I couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s agreed to come back and do more for us. With Chris and Rory joining Matt, we have a formidable team.”

Top Gear season 24 returns to BBC AMERICA and BBC Two in the UK next year. Clare Pizey is executive producer and Alex Renton is series editor.

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Top Gear talent search: how to apply

Chris Evans is looking for co-presenters, and it could be you. Here’s where to send your clips.

Chris wants you to send in a 30-second audition video – and do make sure it’s no longer than 30 seconds, or the clip won’t be accepted.

Send us a 30-second video FILMED IN LANDSCAPE to topgear@bbc.co.uk. If you receive a bounce back from our email address, try compressing your video to a smaller size.

Importantly, your audition tape should feature no gimmicks, no stunts, and – most importantly – no cars, please. Just you, and you alone to camera, being enthusiastic and car-obsessed and, well…TG-ish.

You must be 17 or older to enter, and entries will be accepted from all over the world.

Naturally there are many, many terms and conditions, which you probably ought to cast your eyes over before submitting your clip.

You’ll need to send your clips to Chris before July 20 this year, so get a wriggle on.

“You could be auditioning to be a driver, you could be Stig, who knows?” explains Chris. “You could be auditioning to be a film reporter. You could be a co-host. If there’s nobody right for this from the videos, we will not be appointing anyone. This is not a gimmick. This is real.” [Full details] [x]