ITV seems to have passed off footage of combat game Arma 2 as a 1980s IRA video in a documentary called 'Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA', which aired earlier this week.

PC Gamer reports that ITV "can't tell the difference between gaming and reality" as it has used dramatic gameplay footage which shows the shooting down of a helicopter using weapons allegedly supplied by Gaddhafi.

The documentary can be seen on the ITV Player and the footage of ArmA 2 gameplay starts at the 28 minutes and 20 seconds mark.

PC Gamer has spoken to develop of the game Bohemia Interactive and their CEO Marek Spanel has said that the company was not approached by ITV for permission to use the footage, and had no idea that Arma 2 was appearing in a war documentary on British TV.

"We are going to try to get some explanation from ITV how this could have happened," Spanel said.

"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 cannot believe it as it is overall a very serious and lengthy feature," the CEO added.