Hollyoaks star Ali Bastian was 'shouted at in supermarkets' over Becca & Justin

Hollyoaks is taking viewers back in time to the mid-noughties, as an iconic week centring on Becca Dean’s (Ali Bastian) ill-advised affair with Justin Burton (Chris Fountain) is being re-broadcast.

The Channel 4 soap has been airing classic instalments in the absence of new ones, allowing fans the opportunity to revisit some of its most memorable storylines, scenes and characters.

In terms of iconic, there are few storylines as well-remembered as Becca and Dean’s ill-advised relationship, which is why a selection of episodes from the narrative in question has been chosen for this week’s Hollyoaks@25 offerings.

Speaking about the decision to re-air these particular episodes, actress Ali Bastian told Metro.co.uk: ‘Oh, I’m really excited! It’s really lovely that they’re doing that.

‘It was an amazing storyline for us at the time. We won awards for it, and we worked so hard on it. The episodes that they’re showing — that week’s worth of episodes — it’s the peak of a three-year storyline, and it’s quite an interesting week!

‘I’ve just watched the episodes — the tension just builds and builds and builds. It just brings back so many memories.’

Becca and Justin’s relationship was a controversial storyline, but fans will know that Hollyoaks has something of a penchant for that, and the soap never fails to impress when it comes to telling such stories.

Ali said: ‘I think the fantastic thing — and remains to be the fantastic thing — about Hollyoaks is that I think they go for it with storylines, and break new ground.

‘I mean, at the time I don’t think anyone had tackled a storyline like that — putting the female character, the teacher, in a position of power. I don’t think anyone had seen it played out in that way, so it will be interesting to see how it’s received [by a new generation].’

‘As an actor, it was really exciting and challenging to be part of that. It was really interesting at the time, I got shouted at in supermarkets!

‘People were really invested in it. The way Hollyoaks cleverly weaved the story, it constantly challenged people’s perceptions.’

‘That was a storyline that really changed the shape of my career. I’m really really grateful to them, and to [Executive Producer] Bryan Kirkwood for going for it, really. 

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It’s a storyline that happened over such a long period of time and we had different producers in, and one moment they were like “Yes, let’s go for this story,” and then we’d have other producers in and they’d say, “No, actually we’re going to back right off this”.

‘Bryan came in on board and was like “We’re going to go for this — really go for it.” I think it was a really important time for the show, and sort of marked a new era so it was very exciting to be a part of that.’

Hollyoaks@25 commences airing a week of Becca and Justin episodes Monday, August 11 at 7pm on E4.

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