The documentary presented the footage as an illustration of weapons provided by Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi being used by the Irish Republican Army, specifically in one 1988 attack.
With Gaddafi’s heavy machine guns, it was possible to shoot down a helicopter, as the terrorists’ own footage of 1988 shows.
ITV, the creator of the documentary, has apologised for the mistake, claiming the inclusion was a case of human error. The company asserts that it does have the actual footage, and will amend the documentary accordingly – before then, the film will not be available on the ITV’s Player service.
Inevitably, rumours are now circulating that the film in question does not actually exist, which opens a whole ‘nother can of drama.