London – Independent producer Nevision and Lavender Pictures (headed by Ben Kingsley and producer/actress Daniela Lavender) are co-developing a new drama series, Cousin Bazilio, based on a novel written by Eca de Queiroz in 1878.

Cousin Bazilio is a tale of sexual fire and psychological truth set during one over-heated summer in 19th Century Lisbon. It tells of the battle between two women: Juliana, the embittered maid and her employer Luisa, a beautiful, but bored, housewife, whose volatile affair with her cousin, Bazilio, sets off a train of dramatic consequences. Adultery, blackmail and lust are scattered like seeds of black comedy in the fertile earth of bourgeois society.