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Byline: ROZ LAWS

Sex and the City Channel 4, 10.30pm, Friday

IT'S been a fabulous world of high heels, brunches, cocktails, taxi rides and gorgeous apartments -not to mention the frank conversations and the sex.

But, after six years of Cosmopolitans and mostly-failed relationships, Sex and the City has come to an end. Its millions of fans will be in mourning after the last episode is screened on Friday.

The multi-award-winning show broke new ground when it first appeared. Having four women in the leading roles was highly unusual, and having them talk so openly -and wittily -about their sex lives was a first. As Kristin Davis says: 'I enjoy watching male guest stars come on our show. What they have to do is something we as actresses have had to do forever. It's always been part of our lot to come in and do the hot girl, but men aren't used to playing that role. Suddenly the women are in control, and it's about what they think is sexy. It's a complete turn of the tables.'

Millions of women empathised with her character when Charlotte said: 'I've been dating since I was 15. I'm exhausted. Where is he?'

But Charlotte did find her Mr Right in Harry, she and Miranda are now happily married and even sexaholic Samantha has settled down with her toy boy. But will our heroine Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, ever find true love? And if so, will it be with Mr Big (Chris Noth) or her Russian artist Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov)?

At least she will always find comfort in her amazing wardrobe, especially her shoe collection. Sex and the City has had such a big impact on fashion that the sales of nameplate and horseshoe necklaces, Ray-Ban Avaitor sunglasses, fabric flowers, Manolo Blahnik shoes and Birkin bagswentthrough the roof after being featured on the show.

Carrie has won Sarah Jessica Parker armfuls of awards, but she almost made a major career blunder by trying to pull out of the series.

She says: 'After we shot the pilot I hatched a plan with my agent to get me out of the show. I was afraid I would be on a series for the rest of my life. Everyone told me to just stop panicking and calm down, and they were right.'

Sarah Jessica also reveals that she turns to Britain for her greatest influence, especially when it comes to physical comedy.

'I trip a lot on the show. I actually try to trip as often as possible. Carrie should because she wears these crazy high heels, runs around the city and is always late.

'There are a lot of physical comedians I admire, like Steve Martin and Jennifer Saunders. I can't believe some of the stuff she does on Absolutely Fabulous, it's hilarious. I've never seen somebody fall so much. The people on Absolutely Fabulous are really in my head when I do my work. I want to be as good as they are.'

She needn't worry. Sex and the City is going out on a high and leaving us wanting more, like all the best TV series.

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EARLY FEARS: Sarah Jessica Parker tried to pull out of her role as Carrie; AWARDS: stars Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall celebrate the show's success; LOVE: will it be Aleksandr (inset) or Mr Big?; PILLOW TALK: Danny and Val
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2004
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