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24Seven: Telly: Last date looms for Sex andCity; Sex and the City (C4,10pm).

THEY stride with elegant ease through Alist restaurants, the coolest bars and hottest gallery openings in Manhattan.

From the glowing tips of their cigars to Armani suits and Gucci shoes, the message is plain -sex is the name of the game and these are star players. Or were.

They are the females from Sex And The City, whose bedroom antics and romantic hassles have kept viewers enthralled and bewildered for six years.

But,as dedicated fans probably already know, this will be the last run of the comedy drama.

Carrie and friends have decided to call it a day -but how will their stories end? Will they live happily ever after?

While we'venot yet discov-ered how the series will end, the first edition of the run is typically shocking.

Despite making her mind up that a long-term relationship with Aleksandr should not be on the cards,Carrie realises,after spending the night with him, that things are getting serious.

Miranda and Steve's partnership could be threatened by her ex, whileCharlotte's efforts at volunteer work end in disaster and Samantha sees Smith in a new light.

The attractive,careeroriented 30-somethings have spent their time on our screens as predators,hunting men for possible relationships but mostly sex, then dumping them if they don't measure up to their exacting standards.

No subject is taboo for the ladies'lavatorial- stylediscussions. Sex has always been a major topic in the past,and that's unlikely to change for this final series currently going out over America.

It's proved to be a popular part of the show's formula in previous series.

``It's about talking about sex, thinking about sex,'' says producer Darren Star, who first gained fame for his work on Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210.

``Every third thought is a sexual thought and that's what this show's about -what women are thinking about sex,how they talk and what they talk about.

``But men are curious about how women talk about them.

``Many men in this show have played the traditional women's roles,'' says Sarah Jessica Parker who,of course,plays Carrie.

Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) admits the show is sexy,but in a soap opera kind of way -``It's shocking but humorous.''

For Liverpool's KimCattrall (Samantha),making Sex And The City was a liberating experience.

``What attracted me was how smart it is,how hip and how truthful to the lives of women. We have very complicated,attractive, sexy women in New York, which is a very sexy place.''

Candace Bushnell, who wrote the book the series is based on,adds: ``I'm still single and less interested in getting married. The older I get the more I learn about relationships then you learn so much you don't even have them any more.''

Less cynical is happily married Parker (her husband is Matthew Broderick): ``Men come and go,but you always have your girlfriends!''


FINAL PARTING: The Sex and the City cast, whose bedroom antics have kept viewers enthralled for six years
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 30, 2004
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