It looks like Top Gear returns to BBC2 on Sunday March 5th. Certainly they're recording something this Wednesday with an audience at Dunsfold Park.
Matt Le Blanc says humour is the key to success for the show, with his new full-time foils Chris Harris and Rory Reid (and occasional appearances from Sabine Schmitz). Unfortunately, humour is so far lacking in the first trail, with an "insurance man", and in the series 'puffs' - Matt eats a horse penis. The new trio appeared yesterday at the BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool - if they'd said anything uproarious, I feel we would have known by now.
Most scriptwriters would tell you LeBlanc is best as a foil, or idiot foil - Lou Costello, Mike Winters, Tommy Ball. There's a lot riding on Chris and Rory in Wednesday's recording.
Meanwhile, the schoolboy humour of Clarkson, May and Hammond, if not to everyone's taste, seems effortless and occasionally genuine. And their publicity machine is quite cute.