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Grazia Issue 786

Grazia combines 'A-list' celebrity exclusives with thought-provoking, real-life features and agenda-setting fashion. Each week we bring you: - 'A-lister' celebrity news and gossip - The very latest in fashion news and trends - What's hot NOW - Amazing real-life stories - Reports from all the key fashion shows around the world. Love fashion and celebrities? Then you'll love Grazia!

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1 min
welcome to the issue

this year has taught us a lot of lessons, but one of the cheerier ones has been the power of a great TV show. Think Tiger King, which proved a welcome distraction during those early, surreal nights of lockdown; or Normal People, which instantly made global stars of Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones. The good news is that this month a whole glut of new shows that were filmed before social distancing lands on our screens to see us through autumn. This issue we’ll introduce you to some of the unmissable shows, via the woman fronting them – including Cynthia Nixon, Katherine Ryan and the inimitable Sian Clifford. On p12, the BAFTA-award winner tells Paul Flynn how Fleabag’s success has changed her and why she’s ready for her next big…

2 min
over to you...

Have your say… Email us at feedback@graziamagazine.co.uk Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GraziaUK TWO-TIER SCHOOLING Polly Vernon has it absolutely right about the inequalities in education (Education, education, education…, 7 Sept) that have been highlighted by the Covid crisis. If children are not given equal opportunities, because successive governments have not prioritised that, how can we ever have a government that represents the people, and not just white, middle-aged, predominately privately educated men? Education is a right, not a privilege – it’s about time we started treating it like that. Nicks As a teacher at a sixth-form college, I wanted to say a huge thank you to Polly Vernon for raising awareness of educational inequalities. Initially, 96% of my A-level students were downgraded by the algorithm. During lockdown, we were unable…

1 min
star letter

FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS I feel for Lydia (‘Don’t let doctors ignore your pain’, 7 Sept) as I had a similar experience. For four years, I walked around with a stomach so big, strangers asked when I was having my baby. Later, they asked when my twins were due. I had been going to my GP for three years complaining about pain and bloating and was told I was overweight, that it was all in my head, it was IBS. Finally, last year I developed a DVT and was taken to hospital, where a wonderful A&E registrar said my symptoms were not normal and scanned me. They found a massive ovarian cyst and 18 litres of fluid; my right ovary had to be removed because of stage-one cancer. So, always fight…

1 min
grazia view

As we think about fresh starts, let’s do it like a Dane “Despite, well, 2020, The Happiness Museum recently opened in Copenhagen. Danish psychologist Marie Helweg-Larsen says the nation’s concept of ‘pyt’ could be behind the country’s high levels of happiness. Pyt roughly means ‘stuff happens’ or ‘oh well’; it’s about accepting a situation is out of your control and dealing with stress by thinking healthy thoughts. It’s safe to say this year hasn’t gone to plan, but letting go of the things we can’t change might be the way to survive winter. So, as autumn rolls around and we think about fresh starts, perhaps it’s worth giving the concept of pyt a chance – because the Danes usually have the answer.”…

2 min
polly vernon

I MEAN, IT’S not looking great from an economic perspective, is it? Latest figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that the UK is the hardest hit among major economies by the crisis. Between April and June our economy shrunk by 20.4%, compared to an average of 9.8% in the 37 nations the OECD surveys. Applications for Universal Credit are at a record high, so is reliance on food banks. Jobs are scarce. I spoke to a mate who works in human resources in tech – one of the few sectors not suffering – and she told me her company just advertised a position for which they’d normally expect 50 applicants, max – and had 1,000 in a day. Pret’s in trouble. BA’s decimated. My beloved…

2 min
chart of lust

1. New in JURNEE SMOLLETT Lead in Lovecraft Country (Sky), where the civil rights movement meets B Movie themes/ aesthetics to great effect. Jurnee delivers some exceptional reckless-fearless heroine work. 2. New in JEDWARD VERSUS JIM CORR Twitter feuds sprout from the most unexpected quarters. This Irish-on-Irish singer spat regarding face masks and vaccines is some top quality boeuf. Yes, Team Jedward. 3. Non-mover KEANU Lust of our lives. Recently revealed he’d finally made peace with not having been cast as Wolverine in the Marvel franchise. We’re glad for him. 4. Up BILLIE PIPER I Hate Suzie (Sky) is about as raw, lewd and silly-funny-sad an effort as we’ve seen.BP making a new genre of smeared-eyeliner acting, herewith. 5. New in THE ‘FIRST TIME HEARING…’ TWINS YouTubers who film themselves listening to classic pop from the ’80s and ’90s, for the first time. Absolute…