TV tonight: Sex and the City returns, but where’s Samantha?

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Find out what Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte did next in the reboot series And Just Like That ... Plus: unpicking the world of OnlyFans. Here’s what to watch this evening

And Just Like That …

9pm, Sky Comedy

“I will wear whatever I want and blow whomever I want as long as I can breathe and kneel.” Sadly, Sex and the City fans won’t be treated to such Samantha Jones zingers in this reboot, because she’s not in it. So, can the series survive without her, 17 years after it last broadcast? The rest of the gang are back to give it a shot: Carrie is now a pondering podcaster, Miranda continues to kick ass, and Charlotte … is still Charlotte. If those dire films are anything to go by, this will be no match for the original series – but, let’s be honest, who cares? So many of us navigated our most turbulent decades with these women, and we’re desperate to catch up with them. The 10-part series starts with a double bill. Hollie Richardson

How to Make It on OnlyFans

10pm, Channel 4

OnlyFans: the new frontier of sex work or an exploitative fad? Alex Sim-Wise – a former glamour model, who makes £10,000 a month on the subscription-based site – set up a consultancy for people who decided in lockdown that they wanted to emulate her success. Here, we meet some of them as they navigate the reality of their new livelihoods. HR

Tonight: Saving Money at Christmas – The Big Squeeze?

7.30pm, ITV

“So this is Christmas, and we are so glum, furlough is over, and the gas bill’s no fun,” as John and Yoko didn’t sing. Throw in a scrapped universal credit uplift, and this Christmas doesn’t exactly seem as if it’s going to be the most wonderful time of the year for many. But help is at hand: here are some festive money-saving tips. Ali Catterall

Bright colours, fast flavours ... Nadiya Hussain.
Bright colours, fast flavours ... Nadiya Hussain. Photograph: Cliff Evans/BBC/Wall to Wall

Nadiya’s Fast Flavours

8.30pm, BBC Two

Sad news: it’s the penultimate episode in Nadiya Hussain’s therapeutic cooking series. But tonight’s menu is all about relaxed and ready-to-go recipes for chilled-out evenings, including a nutty Bombay burger (“an Indian meal in one bite”) and sticky BBQ sriracha chicken. Room for dessert? She’s also serving a banana thyme loaf and dreamy apple and custard pie. HR

24 Hours in A&E

9pm, Channel 4

In the emergency room, elderly Iris is admitted with two severe leg fractures and staff fear she won’t survive. Plus, Elijah turns up with a finger that got caught in a kebab slicer, and Alison is rushed in with life-threatening sepsis. HR


11.05pm, Channel 4

Hosts Yinka Bokinni and Zeze Millz promise not to hold back, but they do a great job of letting everyone have their say in the debate. This week, the focus is on body image. Why are more Black women having surgery to tweak their looks? And can fashion ever come back from butt lifts, fillers and Kardashian-esque filters? Hannah Verdier

Film choice

The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962), 9pm, BBC Four
John Frankenheimer’s 1962 film is one of the great American conspiracy thrillers, with real reds under the bed sweatily bent on disrupting the US democratic process. Frank Sinatra’s Marco and Laurence Harvey’s Shaw are GIs captured during the Korean war. After their release, Shaw’s heroism is exploited by his mother (Angela Lansbury) on behalf of her senator husband’s political ambitions. But Shaw has been brainwashed by the communists as a sleeper assassin, and Marco races against time to uncover his mission and stop him. Simon Wardell

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