Sky Italia to Launch 1990s Channel to Promote Debut of Political Thriller

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'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

Leading up to the premiere of the hotly anticipated ‘1992,’ the temporary channel will feature shows such as 'Baywatch,' films such as 'Wayne's World' and classic sports events.

Counting down to the launch of its new original political drama 1992, Italy's Sky Italia, part of pan-European pay TV giant Sky, said it is creating a new temporary channel dedicated to top programming from the 1990s.

It will launch the pop-up sibling of its Sky Atlantic network on channel 111, starting Saturday and running until March 24. Dubbed Sky Atlantic 1992, it will feature such movies as Mediterraneo, Johnny Stecchino and Wayne’s World.

In collaboration with Sky Sports, the channel will air events such classic sports events of 1992 as John McEnroe versus Andre Agassi at Wimbledon and the Winter Olympics and Formula One Grand Prix, as well as historic soccer matches from the decade.

The channel will also air cult TV series from the 1990s, including Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place and Baywatch.

1992 premieres on March 24, debuting simultaneously across Sky’s five European TV markets. The drama looks at one of Italy’s most tumultuous political times, starting with the Mani Pulite (“Clean Hands”) investigation that led to the collapse an entire political collapse. It is told through the lives of six ordinary people and is the first TV show to look at this time in Italian history.

The series was created and written by Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo. It is based on an idea by Stefano Accorsi, who also stars in the series, along with Guido Caprino, Domenico Diele, Miriam Leone, Tea Falco and Alessandro Roja. 1992 is produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani of Wildside and directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi and Gianluca Jodice.