23/08/2012 05:03 BST

Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Jessie J Working On TV Show About Britain's History Called 'The British'

British stars Dame Helen Mirren, Russell Brand and singer Jessie J will delve into their homeland's history as part of a new TV series about the U.K.

The trio, along with several other celebrities, will discuss the story of Great Britain and Ireland in new documentary The British, starting with the Roman invasion.

Mirren will tackle the topic of William Shakespeare, and she insists The Bard's work is the perfect way of explaining what it means to be British.

She says, "If you wanted to teach someone who knew absolutely nothing about the British people, it would be very good to guide them to Shakespeare.

"You could see the foolishness, the humour, the brutality - it's all in almost every play."


The British starts on September 6 at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.

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