Impact on Curators and Producers

    Impact: Cultural impacts

    Description of impact

    Beach has served as an historical advice and curatorial consultant to a variety of organisations regarding code-breaking and the history of the world wars.
    He has been an important contributor to BBC productions, working as a consultant to producers, writers and other members of the creative team. His book Haig’s Intelligence: GHQ and the German Army, 1916-1918 was key to the production of the BBC Radio 4 show Tommies, with a number of the series’ plot-lines based on Beach’s research. He was the historical advisor on intelligence matters for Crimson Field (BBC1) and Home Front (Radio 4). Additionally, he has contributed as a presenter to a BBC Radio 4 documentary about Edith Cavell and a TV documentary about espionage.


    BBC Producers, scriptwriters, production team etc.; BBC audiences.

    How have research outputs led to this impact?

    Beach's various research on military intelligence, in particular Haig’s Intelligence: GHQ and the German Army, 1916-1918, have revealed previously unknown aspects of the history, which have informed various radio and television productions.
    Impact statusOngoing
    Category of impactCultural impacts
    Impact levelMid Stage Impact