ITV Admits IRA Documentary Footage Was From Video Game
LONDON - ITV has had to admit that scenes from the launch show of its new current affairs documentary series Exposure were in fact from a video game, after an eagle-eyed viewer spotted the sequence was not real.
The footage of the Irish Republican Army apparently shooting down a helicopter with weapons supplied by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should have been a high point of the launch of the new strand - the first big current affairs series launch in several years.
But the broadcaster has now said that "human error" was to blame for the footage switch.
"The events featured in Exposure: Gadaffi And The IRA were genuine but it would appear that during the editing process the correct clip of the 1988 incident was not selected," ITV said in a statement.
"Other footage was mistakenly used in the film by producers. This was an unfortunate case of human error for which we apologize."
The debut episode of the series attracted 1.3 million overnight viewes - not counting catch-up or download viewers.
The mistaken footage, which was identified on screen as "IRA film 1988" formed a main element of the documentary about the Irish group's relationship with Gadaffi.