ITV mistakes ARMA 2 as ‘Secret IRA Terrorism Footage’

Tuesday, 27th September 2011 20:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

An ITV documentary which aired in the UK on September 26 – and looked into claims that the deposed autocratic ruler of Libya, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, supported the IRA – was found to contain footage of a helicopter being shot down from a video game instead of actual, raw footage of the event in question.

According to a report on PC Gamer, the documentary Exposure – Gaddafi and the IRA, showed what it claimed was 1988 footage of Gaddafi’s army demonstrating the ability to use heavy machine guns to shoot down a helicopter.

The screen shows shaky cam footage of men in camouflage-painted truck bringing the craft down with the words “IRA film 1988″ displayed across the video. However, the footage is not actually raw footage from the event, but footage from Bohemia Interactive’s ARMA 2 released in 2009.

Bohemia Interactive CEO, Marek Spanel has said ITV did not contact the firm for permission to use the footage, and had no idea footage from the game would appear in a documentary in the UK.

“We are going to try to get some explanation from ITV how this could have happenned,” Spanel told PC Gamer. “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 lenghtly 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.”

Earlier today, an ITV representative explained away the clip’s inclusion has a case of human error on the producer’s part.

“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 the ITV spokesperson. “This was an unfortunate case of human error for which we apologise.”

The spokesman said ITV has a copy of the real footage and will replace it in the documentary.

You can view the footage shown in the clip below, which was brought to media attention by users on the Bohemia Interactive forums.

So far, 25 complaints following ITV’s mistake have been logged with broadcast regulator Ofcom.



  1. LOLshock94


    #1 3 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    I still can’t believe anyone alive could have been this fucking retarded. And I’ve made my fair share of editorial “errors”.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Colin Gallacher

    Just incredible.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    Well, it’s ARMA 2. The graphics in this game are realistic as fuck. Military simulation is the most realistic to date in this videogame. You can use that editor how you want. If you have i5 2500, i7 2600/2600K Sandy Bridge, decent videocard and decent memory than you can create really cool stuff by yourself for 5 minutes.

    Soon, in the next generation you will see more of this stupidity from these retards.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. KAP

    You think THIS is bad……. two words.

    FOX News.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Chockster

    I’m lost for words.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. KAP

    Indeed, someones clearing out there office as we speak. Rither that or jumping out the window head first.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Old MacDonald

    The best part is the bit where the physics bug out for a little while and the truck bounces into the air. Nobody at ITV thought that was … odd?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Fin


    I never liked ARMA. Just played it for 500 hours on my Core i12 with 64TB of ram.

    But yeah, this is unbelievable. Hope someone from ITV got fired.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Razor


    #10 3 years ago
  11. VieS

    ArmA??.. They should have used Halo, for a bigger sensation!

    #11 3 years ago
  12. albo88

    why the fuck he remove it

    #12 3 years ago
  13. albo88

    now how the fuck u post something like this and when it becomes viral u delete the video wtf no back ups out there?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. jnms

    Wait until graphics are so real that we actally *cannot* tell the difference between video games and real events.

    When that happens, it’s gonna be pretty easy to create fake footage and fake news.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Freek

    Poor research and lack of fact checking. Type “IRA Helicopter” into Youtube and you find this:

    (the clip used in the documentary)

    Without further looking into things you might think that’s real video footage. Question is; how do you get to be a person who makes documentaries for national TV and not properly check your sources?

    What’s next? Copy and pasting your script out of Wikipedia?

    #15 3 years ago
  16. viralshag

    Hahaha. Terrible, and only the other day we were talking about how British media was bad. Does no one check these things?

    #16 3 years ago
  17. jnms

    @16 All media is bad. Check this:

    #17 3 years ago

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