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'Sex and the City' hoping to whip Indiana Jones

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The big-screen follow-up to the hugely successful television series will delight fans, but leave the uninitiated baffled

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Leading article: Welcome back

Hype is, of course, as essential to the Hollywood cocktail as vodka is to a Cosmopolitan. And barely a year goes by without a new film being heralded as a triumph that has skewered a zeitgeist like the heel of a Manolo Blahnik descending on a red carpet. But there is something about the release of the Sex And The City film, which premiered last night in London, which does feel rather momentous; and not just for the armies of fans of the long-running and award-winning US television series, but, in some way, for gender relations too.

For £12,000, take the 'Sex and the City' tour of Manhattan

In the 10 years since its debut, Sex and the City has spawned countless girls-night-out discussions about how to capture the glamorous lifestyle of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. In New York it has even spawned an industry of tie-in tourist activities – but nothing like this.

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