Sex and the City fans baffled as show returns without Kim Cattrall

Video report by ITV News Correspondent Sally Biddulph

Sex And the City will be back with a “new chapter” – but some fans aren't happy Kim Cattrall won't be returning.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis will star in new series And Just Like That.

Fans will see their characters Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte in the “even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s”.

Cattrall, however, won't be in the new series. She played Samantha in the hit TV series, which ran from 1998 to 2004.

One Twitter user, mimicking Sarah Jessica Parker's iconic phrase, said: "I couldn't help but wonder... What’s the point in reviving Sex and the City without Samantha?”

Another user quipped: "Sex and the City doing a new series without Samantha is like Destiny’s Child making a comeback without Beyoncé."

Rumours of a rift with Parker were fuelled when Cattrall said the cast were “never friends” and that Parker “could have been nicer” after Cattrall turned down another movie.

Parker has now released a trailer, featuring the New York backdrop, on her Instagram account.

Words, typed out by her writer character, read “and just like that... the story continues”.

And the US actress wrote next to the trailer: “I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now?”

The show spawned two films, including Sex And The City 2, which was ridiculed by critics and fans.

Plans for a third movie ground to a halt after Cattrall indicated she was not interested.

Parker later said she was “not sure if I can imagine doing another movie without her”.

Now she has told a fan on Instagram: “Samantha isn’t part of this story. But she will always be part of us, no matter where we are or what we do.”

Sex and the City cast ran from 1998 to 2004 Credit: PA

HBO Max said the series would be “a new chapter of the groundbreaking... Sex and the City… starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.”

The series is based on the book Sex And The City by Candice Bushnell, and the original TV series created by Darren Star.

It “will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s".

The 10-episode series will begin production in New York in the late spring.

Sarah Aubrey, HBO’s head of original content, said: “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.”