An American Is Left to Salvage BBC’s Ailing ‘Top Gear’

  • Public broadcaster’s biggest show crucial for overseas growth
  • Commercial arm seeks U.S. gains with AMC deal, streaming plan

Matt LeBlanc during a filming of Top Gear in London in February 2016.

Photographer: Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images via Getty Images

In the U.S. television sitcom “Friends,” struggling actor Joey relies on a winning personality to compensate for his naivete, stumbling into everything from advertising gigs to dates. Now Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey, has lucked into a similar role in the U.K.

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