Brunch beckons - but Samantha won't be invited

A Sex and the City revival is heading to the small screen, more than 20 years after the hit series made its debut.

The original HBO show followed the lives of four New York women negotiating work and relationships in the late 90s and early 2000s.

But only three of the fab four are returning for the new TV series – Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.

Kim Cattrall, who played the popular character Samantha, will not feature.

The US network did not say why Cattrall wasn’t cast in the revival, titled And Just Like That – a nod to one of the show’s original catchphrases.

However, Cattrall has had a strained relationship with the show in recent years, and in particular with her former co-star Parker.

The new series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes. Production will begin in late spring.

The trailer for the HBO Max show gives nothing away; It features numerous shots of New York, but none of the characters is seen on screen.

“I grew up with these characters, and I can’t wait to see how their story has evolved in this new chapter, with the honesty, poignancy, humour and the beloved city that has always defined them,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement.

The original Sex and the City series, created by Darren Star, was based on Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same name. It premiered on HBO in 1998 and ran for six seasons until 2004.

The show inspired two films, Sex and the City in 2008 and Sex and the City 2 in 2010. A prequel series titled The Carrie Diaries, starring Anna Sophia Robb, aired on The CW in 2013/14.

Star also created Netflix show Emily in Paris, and many have drawn inevitable comparisons between that show and SATC.

When it first burst on to our TV screens, Sex and the City was seen as revolutionary – four women talking openly about their love and sex lives, not to mention the sex scenes themselves.

The first series of SATC began filming in 1998

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While it was praised by many for its liberating female-led content, it also attracted criticism from some quarters who felt Carrie’s ongoing pursuit of Mr Big (Christopher Noth) was not exactly an advert for female independence.

It was also accused of trivialising issues such as sexual harassment and for its lack of diversity, a criticism levelled at many older shows including Friends.

Fashion was a hugely influential part of the series – the tutu worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in the opening credits, teamed with a fur coat and heels, was described as “an ensemble rich in cultural resonance”.

And Manolo Blahnik could never have dreamed of attracting so much publicity for his designer footwear.

It was a ratings smash, with the hotly anticipated finale in 2004 drawing an audience of 10.6 million viewers in the US.

In the UK, the final episode was watched by 4.1m on Channel 4.

The series was predictably most popular in the 18-34 age group.