ITV has admitted to mistakenly broadcasting video game imagery instead of IRA material. The scene from the Arma II video game, allegedly showed the IRA shooting down a British army helicopter with weapons by the former Libyan ruler, Muammar Gaddafi.
The footage was used as the opening scene of the ITV1 Exposure series, which was broadcast on Monday night. The flaw was spotted by users of the video game and was later put down to 'human error'.
ITV apologised for the error and explained in a statement:
"The events featured in Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA were genuine but it would appear that during the editing process the correct clip of the 1988 incident was not selected and other footage was mistakenly included in the film by producers."
The CEO of Bohemia Interactive Studio, Marek Spanel,which developed Arma II, expressed his surprise that the the imagery from the game actually looked real enough to be mistaken for IRA footage, in an interview with the games' website, Spong.
The programme, a co-production by ITV and independent producers, Sylvia Jones and Clive Maltby, documented the relationship between the IRA and Gaddafi. The video is currently not available to watch on the ITV Player, but the broadcaster said that will be put up as soon as the programme is re-edited.