Watch: The Guardian teams up with Patrick Stewart for Pythonesque EU parody

The Guardian has released a sketch entitled 'What has the ECHR ever done for us?' starring Patrick Stewart as the battle between pro- and anti-EU campaigners heats up.

Yesterday, Home Secretary Theresa May said that the UK should quit the European Convention on Human Rights, which is separate from the EU, but remain in the union itself. The convention was first signed in 1950, and has now been ratified by 47 countries, including several outside the EU, such as Russia.

Dubbed as an 'Original Drama', The Guardian told PRWeek that the idea for its film first arose last year when proposals were made for a British Bill of Rights.

The newspaper approach Patrick Stewart as he "had talked passionately about human rights", a spokesperson told PRWeek. It is not the first EU-related campaign to feature a celebrity, with other prominent figures including Mick Jagger and Emma Thompson also voicing their opinions.

The one-off video is available on The Guardian website under the Culture section. It was produced in-house and was filmed in 2015, before being released yesterday to coincide with May's remarks.

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