Video game footage included in ITV documentary about Gaddafi and the IRA.
Things haven’t been going so well for the guys behind ITV’s new flagship documentary show, “Exposure”, after they broadcast footage of what they claimed was The IRA using weaponry donated by Colonel Gaddafi to shoot down a helicopter… when it was actually a clip from a computer game.
What’s more, it’s pretty damn obvious it was a computer game — pixels keep jumping around and smoke appears in circular puffs in the sky. Oh dear, ITV. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
Fans of the ARMA 2 game spotted the blunder when the documentary was on TV on Monday, emailing and ringing in to complain.
ITV have since admitted their mistake, calling it human error rather than a conspiracy of some kind. But how did they make this terrible mistake? Could it be something to do with the internet troll who posted exactly the same footage (see below) on YouTube under the faked title of “PIRA Shoot Down British Helicopter 1988”? Ah. Shocker.
“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,” said an ITV spokesman. “This was an unfortunate case of human error for which we apologise.”
To make matters even worse, the voiceover that accompanied the clip in question went a little (if not enirely) like this: “With Gaddafi’s heavy machine guns it was possible to shoot down a helicopter as the terrorists’ own footage of 1988 shows. This was what the security forces feared most. It may have been a lucky hit, but for the army and crew once was enough. No one died in this attack.”
How would you know that no-one died? Is it because it was a computer game? Could that be the reason?
PC Gamer spoke to the CEO in charge of the company that makes ARMA 2, Bohemia Interactive’s Marek Spanel, who had this to say on the matter: “Sometimes creativity and realism in our games lead into crazy results and this is one of such example. I just briefly watched the entire documentary and I still can not believe it as it is overall very serious and lengthy feature.”
“We are surprised our games apparently may look real enough to some users already that they can not tell it is not real life footage, ” he added. Us too, to be honest with you there Marek.
If you want to watch the documentary yourself, you’re going to have to wait a while, as it’s currently not available on ITV Player while it’s re-edited to not include the offending clip. Better late than never, eh?