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.
|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|||
|Best Actor in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries||Ben Bass||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries||Natasha Henstridge||Won|||
|Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries||Clare Stone||Nominated|||
|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|||
|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|
- Alex Strachan, "Would Be Kings is gripping drama; Miniseries follows tale of two cops/cousins". Montreal Gazette, January 27, 2008.
- "Good deeds and music". Nanaimo Daily News, January 26, 2008.
- Doug Foley, "Hamilton stars in crime series". Hamilton Spectator, January 26, 2008.
- "Full list of Gemini Award nominees". Winnipeg Free Press, August 26, 2008.
- "Police drama Durham County cleans up at Gemini awards". The Province, November 30, 2008.
- Etan Vlessing, "Cronenberg sweeps DGC Awards". Playback, November 7, 2008.