If you had tuned into Channel 5 last night at about 9pm you would have witnessed one former contestant from The Apprentice shouting incoherently over another former contestant from The Apprentice while Anne Diamond from 1988 hid at the side of the stage nominally chairing a programme called The Big British Immigration Row on Channel 5.
Perhaps Channel 5's lawyers or advertising teams advised against calling it The Big Shouty Clusterfuck of Awfulness but let's not quibble about the name when there were so many other reasons to dislike it.
One of the saddest things about the programme, with its poorly concealed attempts to whip-up anti-immigration outrage and ill-feeling towards the Muslim community and its parroting of unsubstantiated claims about benefit tourism, was that among the usual floating detritus of non-league rentaquotes, such as tragic humanitarian disaster Katie Hopkins were some credible individuals who must have seriously misjudged how responsibly Channel 5 intended to handle such a subject, despite it hailing from the same stable as the Daily Express.
Clearly Hopkins knew exactly what she was getting into. She is a woman who appears to be so desperate for recognition but so devoid of charm, personality, wit or any discernible talent that she instead agrees to share any hateful opinion that will get her on television.
Meanwhile, a brilliant brain surgeon from Bangladesh, Polish Ambassador Witold Sobków and Sir William Atkinson – "Britain's most successful head teacher" - were among a number of eloquent bystanders whose contribution was all but drowned out.
The Telegraph's Tim Stanley also found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, writing this morning of the experience:
"Halfway through, Mum texted "STAY OUT OF IT." Smart woman. I leaned across to another smart woman, Vicky Pryce, and whispered, "I'll regard tonight as a success if no one remembers I was involved."
Based on some of those who did get involved, it's easy to imagine there must have been plenty more who had had the good sense to decline Channel 5's invitation. The quality of the presenters alone suggested there had hardly been a stampede of talent tripping over one another for the opportunity to referee this slanging match.
Talk radio host Nick Ferrari entered the fray almost belching "Is Britain full?" in such a guttural way I imagined briefly he was asking after whatever food was left on Britain's plates rather than asking a sensible question about UK demographics (because there were none of those). And not since Baywatch has an 80s television personality looked more out of their depth than Anne Diamond did on the Big Shouty Slanging Match.
At one point Ferrari stepped in to rescue Diamond from the spiralling cacophony, apologising repeatedly as he did so for highlighting the extent to which she seemed to need saving. It brought to mind a headmaster bursting in to a chaotic classroom to relieve a flailing supply teacher of their duties.
"I'm sorry Ms Diamond. Will you go wait in the staffroom while I try to restore some order."
But there was no chance. By this stage everybody was swimming against an unturnable tide of invective and vitriole.
However, Channel 5's Big Shoddy Shouty Hatefest was merely a new low in the increasingly unambitious approach to televised topical debate.
It may be the worst offender but Channel 5 is not alone in swapping coherence and credibility for controversy in the name of entertainment. While we will hopefully never see Katie Hopkins on Question Time again, the BBC's flagship debate show is certainly no stranger to trading off credibility for controversy, with bookings such as the Mail on Sunday's Peter Hitchens who we could marginally regard as the thinking-conservative's Katie Hopkins.
And then there is the apparently ever-present Nigel Farage. Although a stronger case can be made for seeking the opinions of Farage than either Hopkins or Hitchens, given he is the leader of a political party likely to register some low-level impact in coming elections, the regularity of his Question Time appearances are still utterly disproportionate to his relevance.
Broadcasters need to strike a careful balance, partly because some viewers might actually take the likes of Katie Hopkins seriously - and imagine having that on your conscience - but also because many viewers are likely to feel grossly insulted by what some broadcasters currently think passes as either entertainment or debate.
Channel 5's Big Brawl In A Nasty Car Park was neither entertaining nor an effective debate and it attracted an audience of under 900,000 viewers in its prime time slot.
Channel 4 meanwhile went to toe-to-toe with Channel 5, airing its own debate programme on 'Benefits Britain' and attracted more than three million viewers. On another night, Channel 4's show could have seemed shouty and incoherent in places but it undoubtedly benefitted in more than one respect from going up against Channel 5's poorly thought out, poorly planned and poorly produced effort. Even by whatever standards people might expect of Channel 5, The Big Crass Immigration Row was a complete shambles.