Would Be Kings

Would Be Kings is a Canadian television mini-series directed by David Wellington, which aired on CTV on January 27 and January 28, 2008.[1]


Based loosely on Shakespeare's play King Henry IV (part 1), Patrick Lehane (Currie Graham) and Jamie Collins (Ben Bass) are cops. They are also cousins and Patrick is Jamie's boss. Patrick is the "by-the-books" cop while Jamie is the always-breaking-the-rules type of cop who is also dealing with a drug addiction. As their relationship comes to a crossroads, Jamie is forced to clean up his act and Patrick gets involved in questionable police work which leads to dirty money and murder. He also has a wife (Natasha Henstridge) and daughter (Clare Stone) to protect.[2]


The miniseries was filmed in Hamilton, Ontario, in 2006.[3]


Award Date of Ceremony Category Nominees Result Reference
Gemini Awards November 28, 2008 Best Dramatic Miniseries Ilana Frank, Tassie Cameron, Daphne Park, Ray Sager, Peter R. Simpson, Esta Spalding, David Wellington Nominated [4]
Best Actor in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries Ben Bass Nominated
Best Actress in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries Natasha Henstridge Won [5]
Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries Clare Stone Nominated [4]
Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series David Wellington Nominated
Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Tassie Cameron, Esta Spalding Nominated
Best Makeup Marilyn O'Quinn Nominated
Best Sound in a Dramatic Program Peter Clements, Sue Conley, John Dykstra, Martin Lee, Virginia Storey, Robert Warchol Nominated
Directors Guild of Canada 2008 Best Picture Editing in a Television Movie/Mini-Series Teresa Hannigan Won [6]
Best Production Design in a Television Movie/Mini-Series James McAteer Nominated
WGC Screenwriting Awards 2008 Best Writing in a MOW or Mini-series Tassie Cameron, Esta Spalding Nominated


  1. ^ Alex Strachan, "Would Be Kings is gripping drama; Miniseries follows tale of two cops/cousins". Montreal Gazette, January 27, 2008.
  2. ^ "Good deeds and music". Nanaimo Daily News, January 26, 2008.
  3. ^ Doug Foley, "Hamilton stars in crime series". Hamilton Spectator, January 26, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Full list of Gemini Award nominees". Winnipeg Free Press, August 26, 2008.
  5. ^ "Police drama Durham County cleans up at Gemini awards". The Province, November 30, 2008.
  6. ^ Etan Vlessing, "Cronenberg sweeps DGC Awards". Playback, November 7, 2008.

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