It was presented as a 'dramatised' natural history series exploring the lives of cheetahs, zebras, elephants, wild dogs and other animals on the Serengeti.
But some BBC viewers were less than impressed with the outcome, and have even mocked the series as a wildlife 'Made in Chelsea' for using computer technology to move the plot forward.
And now it has emerged that a scene showing a baby Zebra struggling through crocodile-infested waters is in fact a 'composite' of two or more clips shoved together, reports the Sunday Times.
The BBC has been hit with a new fakery row as it emerges that a clip of a zebra struggling through crocodile-infested waters before being swept away by a river may in fact be fake
Bafta and Emmy award-winning cameraman Doug Allan, who has worked on series including Frozen Planet, said that although the water and zebra in this clip are real, whether the zebra was in this particular bit of water is not clear
There are also scenes of a crocodile snapping its jaws at a zebra in the series Serengeti which was made for the BBC by XIX entertainment and John Downer Productions. It was first shown last month on BBC One
Shown in Episode Four, 'Misfortune', the young Zebra is seen desperately swimming through a rushing river right next to a large crocodile.
It struggles to keep up with its group and, in a second scene, is swept away by the raging current - or was it?
Bafta and Emmy award-winning cameraman Doug Allan, who worked on shows such as Frozen Planet, said that: 'The water is real. The zebra is real and the zebra did really get carried down the stream - you can see that from other footage.
'But whether the zebra was in that particular bit of water as seen on screen, who knows. They could be in different places at different times.'
Viewers have mocked