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This week we are revisiting some of our favourite episodes from earlier in the year. This episode was first broadcast on 21 January.

Rachel Humphreys talks to the Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman about the television show Sex and the City. Last week the US streaming service HBO Max announced that the series will be returning under a new title, And Just Like That, and will feature the original stars apart from Kim Cattrall. Hadley tells Rachel why she thinks the original show was such a huge success – offering a potent mix of escapism with serious, well-written plot lines that she feels sing with “emotional truth”. Hadley notes that SATC is often singled out for criticism over its lack of diversity while other shows of that era such as the HBO series The Sopranos do not invite the same level of criticism.

Hannah J Davies, the Guardian’s deputy television, discusses why SATC is being rebooted and what it may need to do to reflect the fact it is being made in a very different era. She says you may think that because there are more people of colour on our screens, the industry has improved representation, and it has. But you need to also look at who is making and producing television content. In the UK, she says, the television industry is still very white and very male-dominated.

Archive: HBO, Sex and the City – seasons one to six; Sex and the City film (2008); Sex and the City 2 (2010); HBO Max; BBC – Mark Kermode; Fox – The Wendy Williams Show; British GQ – Michaela Coel; BBC – I May Destroy You; Democracy Now!; HBO – The Sopranos; NBC – Seinfeld; Friends; Fresh Prince of Bel Air; Channel 4 – Feel Good; CBS – Gossip Girl

Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon on the set of And Just Like That

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